Although it is a good policy to limit the amount of text in an article to that visible onscreen to reduce vertical scrolling, you may occasionally need to separate blocks of text in addition to using headings. Here are some ways to do this.
To force a page break at a particular point in printing a long article, click Main menu ⁄ Insert ⁄ Page break. Unless you have enabled the approproate layout mode (Menu⁄View⁄Layout⁄Page lines or Menu⁄View⁄Layout⁄Page sheets), you will only see an extra blank line appear in the article. If you tick the box, the (hard) page break appears as a fine unbroken line identical to the Horizontal line (see below). Note that when page breaks are displayed, there is one at the end of every article, beyond which you cannot insert text.
To display a visible divider between sections of text attractively, you can insert a fine horizontal line by selecting Main menu ⁄ Insert ⁄ Horizontal line or pressing Shift+Ctrl+L. The line is always black:
Note that you can make the line thicker and darker for greater effect by pressing Shift+Ctrl+L more than once:
(pressed three times)
If you want the line narrower than full-width, you can encase it in a table cell of any desired width . First create a one-row, one-column table:
Then, position the cursor in the middle cell and press Shift+Ctrl+L to create the line. You may not even need to click the Hide borders toolbutton on the Table bar to hide the table walls:
If you now click near the middle of this line, you will discover that two small square "handles" appear as shown in these next three screen captures:
By clicking on the handles, arrows appear indicating that you can drag the handles up or down:
By dragging the top handle up or the bottom handle down, you can adjust the thickness of the line (exaggerated here):
until an appropriate thickness is found. Below is an actual line.
Note that the line stretches and shrinks as you vary the position of the vertical divider between the article panes.
Another and very simple way to create horizontal line is pressing the Underscore key several times and then centering the line (Ctrl+E):
Although this line does not stretch or shrink according to the article width, it always remains centered. However, if the article pane is made too narrow, this line will be wrapped around the right margin like any other text Try increasing the font size and boldfacing it for added effect, as in these examples below.
Like text, too, it can be colored (verdana 12 pt bold, red):
You can use a line of hyphens instead (verdana 12 pt bold, blue):
or a line of symbols, such as the Wingdings font (size 10, green) diamond (corresponding to the letter "u") shown here (this is a screen capture in case you do not have this font on your computer):
Another way to create a line is to insert an image of one. Here is a centered .bmp image of a shaded grey line:
You can find many suitable .gif and .jpg images on Web pages to decorate your text in this way.