Silly question maybe but I'm tired of looking through the options to get rid of it.

In open office, if I add a few **** in a line and hit enter, a bar appears. It seems that I can't turn it off, and I can't seem to delete it without deleting lines above and below it.

Is there a simple way to get rid of it? Right now I'm using the latest OO.o on the Mac but I have it happen on the Linux version as well.

How do you turn this "feature" off?

How do you delete the bar without deleting paragraphs?

Backspacing doesn't seem to work.

  • The same "feature" occurs in MS Office... Like to know a answer to this question for that too.
    – Pylsa
    Jul 17, 2010 at 18:03

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From the OOO help file (Writer):

To Stop Drawing a Line When You Type Three Identical Characters

OpenOffice.org automatically draws a line when you type three of the following characters and press Enter:

- _ = * ~ #
  1. Choose Tools > AutoCorrect Options.
  2. Click the Options tab.
  3. Unmark the “Apply border” check box."

Check out "automatic lines/borders in text" for more.

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    BORDER? It calls it a BORDER? That's not quite the intuitive fix I thought it would be...thanks, I'll dig into that. Jul 17, 2010 at 18:30
  • Seems to work. Thanks. Never would have thought it was a border. @#%@# Jul 17, 2010 at 18:32
  • Hi, I've created a new question on removing such a line from an already saved document that you may be able to answer: superuser.com/questions/284879/… May 17, 2011 at 19:36

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