Adding Double Horizontal Lines in Word 2010

Word 2010 logo with linesAs the day began, a Word document was just hanging out on the screen, waiting for the big designer in the Herman Miller chair to make her move.

Seemed obvious that the document needed to be divided, separating two sections of text.  Not separated so much that they were on two different pages mind you, but  enough that there was a stylish pause for the reader.

In a more utilitarian document a single horizontal line would do the trick.  Here though, a different look was needed because this document had a loftier air about it.

Time was running short so the big designer in the Herman Miller chair made the call…add a double horizontal line.  Brilliant!

It wouldn’t be anything over the top, just a couple of lines that seemed to go together well.  But how to accomplish the task.  Use one of Word’s pre-defined double lines?…or create a custom double line?   Word’s built-in double lines had done a good job for the designer in the past.  They certainly worked well together.  In fact, they were inseparable.  Unfortunately, that was the problem.

You see this document called for two horizontal lines that were not as close together as the pre-designed lines were.  The lines needed here could certainly share some things in common, like their color and their angle on the page, but the big designer in the Herman Miller chair also thought they should be different.  Perhaps different widths or lengths.  But definitely more space between them than the others.  She thought they’d be more interesting that way.

That brings us to the following video.  It shows how double horizontal lines can be added to a Word document.  And how they can be made to work with the document’s text if that text ever has to be moved or edited.  Hopefully, this will help you if you’re ever need to make this kind of decision when formatting your documents.

Oh…you should know that according to the big designer in the Herman Miller chair, the document and its double horizontal lines lived happily ever after!


This video, plus a video on adding single horizontal lines to Word 2010 documents are also available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

“InfoPath Forms for SharePoint 2010″ Released

Disclaimer:  This post is a combination of helpful information and shameless self-promotion.

The promotion part is this…

We’ve just launched a video training package called InfoPath Forms for SharePoint 2010.  It’s filled with the task-specific tips you need to create stylish, efficient, easy-to-use electronic forms for collecting and displaying data.

And, because of InfoPath’s tight integration with SharePoint 2010, we’ve focused many of the videos on ways to take advantage of this powerful combination.  If you or someone in your company is responsible for creating forms and SharePoint lists, this is definitely worth checking out.

It’s offered through our partner’s online store;  We’ve also put a page here on our site where you can see a list of the 40 videos in the package and their descriptions…plus watch a sample video.

As for the helpful part…

A few of the actual InfoPath training videos are available to view here on this site, through the online store and on our YouTube channel (…where you’ll also find videos for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, InfoPath and Groove).

Here’s a video to get you started…

We’ll be happy to let you know when we post additional help videos.  Simply sign up on the right under Free Help, and when you visit our YouTube channel, click the Subscribe button.

Thanks for taking a look!  Happy learning!!


A New Place to Learn and Teach

We all get stuck in a digital vortex from time to time when using our computers. Seems it’s always when we can least afford it.

How frustrating is it to know what you want your software to do for you, heck you may have even done it before…but right now, your brain’s mush. Drawing a complete blank…except for a few four-letter words.

That’s when most people click a help button, “google” the problem in search of an easy answer, or ask someone close by who they’re hoping knows more than they do.

To be honest, I’ve had plenty of those moments over the years and am missing some hair because of it.

I’d like to help when you find yourself in that uncomfortable place. Having broad experience in broadcasting, advertising, IT support, software training video production and presentation development, I’ve always been able to find answers to the creative and practical issues that have come up.

That’s why as the head of Presentation Choices, I’ll be posting help information that directly answers questions from end users. Most posts will center around the programs I know best and have the most experience with.

The applications I use for myself and clients…and in some cases, create training videos for include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • PowerPoint
  • InfoPath
  • Windows 7
  • Camtasia Studio
  • Articulate
  • Adobe Captivate

The questions I’ll be answering may have been sent to me directly (you’re welcome to do so), or…I may have run across them in one of the forums I frequent or when working with clients. The point is, this is not just stuff I think you should know, it’s stuff you’ve asked about, so I know it’s bugging you.

Whenever possible I’ll post videos that demonstrate the issues and my answers. I should be able to do that most of the time.

You’re free to leave comments about the information and videos I post, but please keep in mind…I will usually be showing one way to do things. Rarely is it the only way. You may have other ideas and that’s good. Pass them along to me and others who read this blog. A big part of why I like to teach is because I like to learn…so enlighten me whenever you can.

If you find these posts helpful, consider signing up to be notified of new postings. You can do so in the “Free Help” section on the right side of this page.

So, let me know what I can do to help.