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By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Select a line
  • Format line color, style, and weight
  • Format the publication background color

Formating Lines and Background Colors


Lines and background colors are a great way to add impact to your document. Lines may be used for visual emphasis, to divide parts of a document, or to suggest things like perforations. A good background color can help your design stand out from the page.

To Format a Line:
  • Click on a line to select it.
  • To change the line color:
    • Click the small triangle next to the line color icon on the formatting toolbar.
    • Select a color from the list or open the More Colors dialog box.
  • To change the line style:
    • Click the Line Border Style Button on the Formatting Toolbar.
    • Select a line thickness or weight.
    • Select Advanced Options to choose advanced formatting.
format line
To Change the Background Color of a Publication:
  • Go to the Main Menu and Select Format action Background.
  • The Background Color options will appear in the Task Pane.
  • Select the color to apply to your publication.
change background color


If you have not already done so in a previous Challenge, download and save the Sample Flyer publication to complete this Challenge. Need help? How to Download a File

  • Open the Sample Flyer publication.
  • Format the lines between the phone numbers at the bottom of the page to: blue, dashed squares, and 2 1/4pt thick.
  • Change the background of the flyer to a color of your choice.
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