How to Put a Dividing Line Between Columns in Word for Office 365

There are a lot of different ways that you will reformat a document based on what you are creating. We have previously written about adding columns in Word, which is important for people that are writing articles or generating newsletters.

But the design of your document might dictate that the columns aren’t enough, and that there needs to be some kind of visual separation between those columns. You may have experimented with accomplishing this via borders or text boxes, but that can be frustrating and probably won’t create the appearance that you want. Fortunately you can use a feature in Word that will simply add lines between your columns automatically.

How to Place a Line Between Columns in Word

The steps in this article were performed in the Word for Office 365 version of the application, but will also work in earlier versions of Word as well. Note that this guide will assume that your document already has columns. Once you’re done with this article, find out how you can hide comments when printing in Word if you’ve discovered that it’s occurring on documents where you’e collaborated with others.

Step 1: Open your document in Word.

Step 2: Click the Layout tab at the top of the window.

click the layout tab

Step 3: Click the Columns button, then choose the More Columns option.

click columns, then more columns

Step 4: Check the box to the left of Lines between, then click the OK button.

how to put lines between columns in word

You should now have a document with lines between its columns, like the image shown below.