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How to Delete Pleading Numbers and Bars in Word

By Sharyn Baines

May 31, 2021

Header and Footer, Legal

Want to learn how to remove line numbering and vertical lines from a pleading document in Word?

Removing pleading numbers

Let’s look at an example.

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The vertical lines and numbering live within the Header of the Word document.

To remove these, click on the Insert tab and select Header.

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Select Edit Header on the drop-down list.

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You should now have your insertion bar in a Header at the top of your document.

Extra note: When inside your Header, you will notice that the content of the document is greyed out but you can see the numbers clearly.

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Click in the number area.

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There should now be a dotted box around your numbers.

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This is because the numbers are in a Text box which is anchored inside the Header area. 

You can edit inside this box and delete the numbers but the box will remain.

Instead, try this... 

Take your mouse pointer over the edge of the box until you get a mouse pointer that looks like a compass. 

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Click once.

You should now have a solid line around the Text box.

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Press your Delete key and the Text box should now be gone.

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Removing pleading lines

You can repeat the steps above to remove the vertical lines.

Move your mouse over the line you want to remove until you have the compass mouse pointer.

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Click once on the line or lines.

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Press Delete.

The lines should now be gone.

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Note: if the document has multiple Sections, you may need to repeat this process for every Section.

Delete Footer in a pleading document

You can also delete the Footer if you don’t want it on every page. To do this, on the Header & Footer tab, select Go to Footer.

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This will open the Footer ready for you to edit. Now select the information you want to delete and then press Delete. If the document has multiple Sections, you may need to repeat this process for every Section.

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Exit the Header & Footer view

In the Header & Footer tab, select Close Header & Footer.

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Your document should now have no pleading lines and numbers.

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Extra note: If you still have lines, it could be because your document has multiple sections. Make your way to where these are in your document, and repeat the steps above.

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About the author

Sharyn is an expert trainer. She became the first certified Microsoft® MOUS Authorised Instructor in New Zealand. She is endorsed by Microsoft® as a qualified Microsoft® Office Specialist and has more than 20 years of experience in the training industry, developing and delivering technology training workshops. Her approach to taking the “techie-speak” out of technology training has placed her as a preferred supplier to many of New Zealand’s leading organisations.

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