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How to insert a line over the top of text in Word

In MS Word, there is a direct way to insert a line under a word or a sentence. However, there is no direct way to insert a line over text or a word.

There are three simple ways you can manipulate Word and insert a line over text. Let us look at them below.

  1. Using Equation function in Word
  2. Using Field function in Word
  3. Using Field Code in Word

We will look at each individually.

Method 1: Using the Equation function

  1. Position your cursor where you want to insert an over-line.
  2. On the ribbon, choose ‘Insert.’
  • Choose ‘Equation’ under the ‘Symbols’ area.
  • A ‘Type equation here’ box appears in the document.
  • In the ‘Structures’ area, under Equation and Equation tools, click on ‘Accent.’
  • An ‘Accent’ dialog box appears.
  • Scroll to ‘Overbars and Underbars.’
  • Choose the overbar.
  • The empty box in your document becomes smaller, and inside it is an overbar.
  • Click to select the box.
  • Type the text into the document.
  • You will notice that the text has a line over it.

Method 2: Using the field function

  • Position your cursor where you want to insert an over-line.
  • On the ribbon, choose ‘Insert.’
  • Under the ‘Text’ area, choose ‘Quick Parts.’
  • Next, under ‘Quick Parts,’ select ‘Field.’
  • Word displays a ‘Field’ dialog box.
  • Under field names, choose ‘Eq.’
  • Under ‘Field properties,’ choose the Equation Editor.
  • An empty text box where you can type your text or equation will appear in the document.
  • Click ‘Equation’ on the toolbar.
  • In the ‘Structures’ area, under Equation and Equation tools, click on ‘Accent.’
  • An ‘Accent’ dialog box appears.
  • Scroll to ‘Overbars and Underbars.’
  • Choose the overbar.
  • Type your equation or text into the box.

Method 3: Using Field Code

  • Press Ctrl +F9 to insert the field code brackets.
  • Type EQ \x \to() text between the brackets.
  • Then, type the text that you want to add the overbar into the parentheses/inner brackets.
  • Next, right-click the field code.
  • A menu will appear.
  • From the menu, chooseToggle Field Codes.
  • The text you entered into the field code is displayed with a line above.

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