Change the color, style, or weight of a line in Word 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.

Note: A line shape is a line inserted by clicking the Shapes button on the Insert tab. For more about inserting lines, see Add or change a shape.

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. Click the Shape Format tab, and then 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. Click 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. Click 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. Click 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.

Which Office program are you using?

Word

PowerPoint

Excel

Word

Do any of the following:

Add a line

  1. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Shape, point to Lines and Connectors, and then click the line style that you want.

    Word Home tab, Insert group

  2. In your document, hold down the mouse button and draw the line where you want.

    Tip: To draw a line at a pre-set angle, such as vertical or horizontal, hold down SHIFT as you draw the line.

Change line style

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the style that you want.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group (Line)

    To see more styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

Change line color

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line  Border Color button , and then click the color that you want.

Change line width

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line  Border Color button , point to Weights, and then click the width that you want.

Add arrows to the end of the line

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line  Border Color button , point to Arrows, and then click the arrow that you want.

Draw a custom line

  1. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Shape, point to Lines and Connectors, and then click Scribble  Scribble button .

    Word Home tab, Insert group

  2. In your document, hold down the mouse button and draw the line where you want.

Delete a line

  • Click the line that you want to delete, and then on the Standard toolbar, click Cut   Cut button .

PowerPoint

Do any of the following:

Add a line

  1. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Shape, point to Lines and Connectors, and then click the line style that you want.

    Home tab, Insert group

  2. In your document, hold down the mouse button and draw the line where you want.

    Tip: To draw a line at a pre-set angle, such as vertical or horizontal, hold down SHIFT as you draw the line.

Change line style

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the style that you want.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group (Line)

    To see more styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

Change line color

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line Border Color button , and then click the color that you want.

Change line width

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line Border Color button , point to Weights, and then click the width that you want.

Add arrows to the end of the line

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line Border Color button , point to Arrows, and then click the arrow that you want.

Draw a custom line

  1. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Shape, point to Lines and Connectors, and then click Scribble  Scribble button .

    Home tab, Insert group

  2. In your document, hold down the mouse button and draw the line where you want.

Delete a line

  • Click the line that you want to delete, and then on the Standard toolbar, click Cut   Cut button .

Excel

Do any of the following:

Add a line

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click Show or hide the Media Browser  Media Browser button .

  2. Click Shapes  Shapes tab , and then on the pop-up menu, click Lines and Connectors.

  3. Click the line style that you want.

  4. In your document, hold down the mouse button and draw the line where you want.

    Tip: To draw a line at a pre-set angle, such as vertical or horizontal, hold down SHIFT as you draw the line.

Change line style

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the style that you want.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group (Line)

    To see more styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

Change line color

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line Border Color button , and then click the color that you want.

Change line width

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line Border Color button , point to Weights, and then click the width that you want.

Add arrows to the end of the line

  1. Click the line that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Line Border Color button , point to Arrows, and then click the arrow that you want.

Draw a custom line

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click Show or hide the Media Browser  Media Browser button .

  2. Click Shapes  Shapes tab , and then on the pop-up menu, click Lines and Connectors.

  3. Click Scribble Media Browser Scribble button .

  4. In your document, hold down the mouse button and draw the line where you want.

Delete a line

  • Click the line that you want to delete, and then on the Standard toolbar, click Cut   Cut button .

See also

Align objects

Add or change a shape

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