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Chapter 6. Formats > To insert a paragraph rule:

To insert a paragraph rule:

1.
Choose the Content tool.

2.
Click in a paragraph or press and drag through a series of paragraphs.

3.
Choose Style menu > Rules (Ctrl-Shift-N).

4.
Check the Rule Above or Rule Below box (, next page).

5.
Choose a width from the Width drop-down menu or enter a custom width in the Width field (, next page).

6.
Choose Indents or Text from the Length pop-up menu. If you choose Text, the rule will be the width of the first line of text in the paragraph for a Rule Above or the width of the last line of text in the paragraph for a Rule Below (, next page). If you choose Indents, the rule will be the width of the paragraph, unless you enter a number other than 0 in the From Left or From Right field (see step 8).

7.
Highlight the entire Offset field, and enter the fixed distance in any measurement system that you want to offset a Rule Above upward from the baseline of the first line of the paragraph or offset a Rule Below downward from the baseline of the last line of the paragraph. For a Rule Above, use an Offset that is at least as large as the point size of the type.

or

Enter a percentage Offset (0–100%). A Rule Below with a 20% Offset, for example, would position the rule closer to the bottom of the currently selected paragraph than would an 80% offset. If this method is used and the spacing between the paragraphs is altered, the rule position will adjust automatically.

8.
Optional: Change the number in the From Left and/or From Right field to indent, and thus shorten, the rule.

9.
Choose a style from the Style drop-down menu . To create a custom style, see pages 169–170.

10.
Choose a color from the Color drop-down menu.

11.
Choose a preset Shade percentage or enter a shade value.

12.
Click Apply to preview (Alt-A), then click OK or press Enter.


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