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Erasing Table Lines

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Erasing Table Lines.

One of the neat things you can do with Word is to draw tables using the tools provided by the program. With you table created, you can easily erase any of the lines that make up your table. The result is a table that looks just the way you want it. To erase table lines, follow these steps:

  1. Create your table as you normally would.
  2. Choose the Toolbars option from the View menu, and make sure Tables and Borders is selected from the resulting submenu.
  3. Click on the Eraser tool on the toolbar. This is the one just to the right of the tool that looks like a pencil.
  4. Click and drag to select the table lines you want to erase.
  5. Click on the Eraser tool again (on the toolbar) or press the Esc key. This turns off the Eraser tool.
  6. Close the Tables and Borders toolbar when finished.

You should note that when you erase a line that is a common border between two cells, the two cells are merged. If you try to erase an exterior line from a cell (one that does not border another cell), then the visible table border is removed, but the cell still remains.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (868) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Erasing Table Lines.

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Frank Beckert    06 Jul 2016, 13:14
Microsoft Office 365

To erase lines in an existing table
Go to “Insert” tab
Next to Table Icon right arrow down to
Draw Table
Click on lines in the table that you want to erase (one at a time)

tariq    21 Apr 2016, 10:37
how we remove the line in ms-word version 2013
Kari Van Lanen    13 Nov 2015, 11:41
For Word 2013 the eraser tool is under "Table Tools" / "layout" and then the "draw" section. Surprising how long it took me to find this!
abiodun    11 Oct 2015, 09:17
Thanks @ Francis Fernado, it works
Jon von Gunten     03 Mar 2015, 16:20
To completely erase all table cells and borders -- yet keep ALL font formatting -- use Word's Convert to Text function.

- Put cursor in table
- Choose Layout tab
- Click Convert to Text, usually on the far right.

Done! ;>)
Francis Fernando    03 Mar 2015, 08:55
Go to Options then customize Ribbon then choose the all commands and go to Eraser symbol with a table underneath it. Under any tab create your own tools space. e.g on the Home tab right click & create a new group and now add the Eraser to that group. Done!!!
awyatt    12 Jan 2015, 10:05
Michelle: If you are using Word 2013, click the link provided in this tip to view one that is applicable to your version of the software.

-Allen
michelle paul    12 Jan 2015, 04:55
YES! It use to be that simple but please help me because Microsoft word 2013 does not appear to have that'great simple tool eraser' I am not computer savy and I am sick of spending hours trying to do a simple (use to be simple) thing like erase a line. WHY and HOW and HELP
kerrie sawyer    10 Jun 2013, 06:14
YES! It use to be that simple but please help me because Microsoft word 2013 does not appear to have that'great simple tool eraser' I am not computer savy and I am sick of spending hours trying to do a simple (use to be simple) thing like erase a line. WHY and HOW and HELP
 
 

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