Change the color, style, or weight of a line in Word 2016 for Mac

You can change the look of a line shape by changing its color, line style, or weight. You can also apply a predefined Quick Style to quickly change the look of your line.

Add a Quick Style to a line

Quick Styles for lines include theme colors from the document theme, shadows, line styles, gradients, and three-dimensional (3-D) perspectives. Try different Quick Styles until you find one that you like.

  1. Select the line you want to change.

    If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold COMMAND while you select the other lines.

  2. On the Shape Format tab, click the Quick Style you want for the line.

    Shape Format tab with Lines gallery

    To see more Quick Styles, click the arrow at the bottom of the Quick Style gallery.

    Note: If you don't see the Shape Format tab, make sure you've selected the line.

Change the color of a line

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

    If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold COMMAND while you select the other lines.

  2. On the Shape Format tab, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click the color that you want.

    Shape Format tab with Shape Outline option highlighted.

    Note: If you don't see the Shape Format tab, make sure you've selected the line.

    To use a color that isn't a theme color, click More Outline Colors, and then click the color you want. You can also mix your own color using the color wheel or the color palettes. Custom colors are not updated if you later change the document theme.

Make a line dashed

  1. Select the line you want to change.

    If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold COMMAND while you select the other lines.

  2. On the Shape Format tab, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then click the style you want.

    Shape Format tab with Shape Outline highlighted and Dashes menu items.

  3. To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

Change the weight of a line

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

    If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold COMMAND while you select the other lines.

  2. On the Shape Format tab, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

  3. To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

    Note: To draw a double line, draw a single line, copy and paste a second line next to it, and then group the two lines.

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