{rules} is about drawing lines (also called rules). Popular packages are {booktabs} (which provides high quality table rules) and {dashrule}.

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Totally sweet horizontal rules in LaTeX

I have been trying to find a way to easily drop a nice horizontal rule into a LaTeX document. \hline just makes a line across the page. It would seem that some package must provide something that is ...
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Horizontal line spanning the entire document in LaTeX

I have used the \hrulefill command to create a horizontal rule, along with some other commands. In each case I have the rules extended up to the margin. I want the rule width to be controllable, i.e. ...
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Long underscore in LaTeX

In LaTeX, how would I make a long underscore? For example, Name _______ Signature _______
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How to remove the top horizontal bar in fancyhdr?

When using fancyhdr, how do you remove the top horizontal rule? I do not want a header at all, just a footer. This is what I do now: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fancyhdr} \pagestyle{fancy} ...
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How can I draw a horizontal line spanning only some of the table cells?

In a table, how can I draw a horizontal line that goes only through some of the cells? I mean a line like the one in the Foo and in the Bar area of this table: +----+-----+ |Foo |1 |2 | | |1 |2 | ...
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LaTeX tables: How do I make bold horizontal lines (typically \hline)?

The title says it all: In LaTeX tables: How do I make bold horizontal lines (typically \hline)?
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How can I reproduce this table with thick lines?

I'm trying to reproduce this table: (apologies for the terrible cameraphone pic) I don't know how to get the slightly thicker leftmost and topmost line. Here's a minimal example of what I have so ...
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Why not use vertical lines ('|') in a tabular?

My question is a follow-up to the answer to a follow-up question, to be found here. ;) I'd like to know why one would advise against using vertical lines (via |) in a tabular (i.e. in ...
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Is it normal for BibTeX to replace similar author names with “------”?

In my .bib file, I have two entries with exactly the same author names: @article{Seshadrinathan2010A-Subjective-St, Author = {K. Seshadrinathan and R. Soundararajan and A. C. Bovik and L. K. ...
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Can a table include a horizontal dashed line?

In a normal table, you can use the \hline command to draw a horizontal line. I am trying to make this line a dashed horizontal line. I have found the package dashrule via this answer, but this only ...
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What is the \rule equivalent to \hrule?

I've tried to put a rule long as the text in this way: \rule{\textwidth}{0.4mm} but I obtain a rule slightly smaller that the text width. How to obtain the same effect as \hrule?
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Best way to insert a horizontal cut line with a scissor symbol

What's the best way to insert a horizonal dashed line with a scissor symbol to indicate that the paper should be cut with a scissor along this line? If you have multiple layout alternatives without ...
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How to change line color in tabular?

How can I change the color of the lines (the frame) in a tabular environment? In the following MWE: \begin{tabular}{c|c|c} a&b&c \\ \hline d&e&f \\ \hline g&h&i \end{tabular} ...
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How can I make a horizontal dashed line?

How can I make a horizontal dashed line in LaTeX? Just writing lots of single dashes results in a continuous horizontal line.
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Two rules directly under each other

I'm trying to make two rules of different length (fatness) directly under each other, something like: -------------------- ==================== Where = is a fatter line than -. The vertical space ...
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Using elastic lengths — when do they work?

I was wondering why elastic lengths like \fill seem to work only under certain conditions. For instance if I write A \hspace{\fill} B I get A left aligned, B right aligned as wanted. If however ...
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Add a rule underneath “Figure 1”

I want to add a line beneath the figure caption such as Figure 1 Figure caption text here.... I managed to include a newline, change the color and look of the caption via caption package: ...
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How to make continuous (but breakable) vertical rule along left side of paragraph?

I'm looking for a way in Plain TeX to make a continuous vertical rule along the left side of a paragraph (or arbitrary block of text), such that it observes normal page-break rules. I started with the ...
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What is the best way to draw two lines in LaTeX?

Bill Bryson's book, The lost continent: travels in small-town America  has an unusual first paragraph opening style. It has the equivalent of a long equal sign, followed by the first three words ...
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Can LaTeX be used to make a sheet of blank lines?

Specifically, a bunch of them; for a sign-in sheet, list of signatures for a petition or a worksheet with short answer essay style questions.
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How can I make a bold horizontal rule under each section title?

I want to place a long bold \hrule-type line under the \section to make it more distinctive. How can I do that?
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How can I know the default PGF line width?

Is there some macro that will tell me what the default PGF line width is? I have tried creating my own macro by cloning \pgflinewidth before it has been modified, i.e. ...
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Dynamic signature/date line

I'm trying to create a signature and date line in a document. I need the date line to always be in the same spot on the page no matter what name is under the signature line, such as: ...
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Strange disappearing colored rules in beamer

I have received a booktabs bug report of \cmidrules that disappear when coloured rules are used inside beamer (together with colortbl). The problem can be illustrated with the following simple code ...
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Can I have the \overfullrule rule colored in pdfLaTeX?

I know that I can use \overfullrule=5pt to get overfull lines marked with a black marker. I am using pdfLaTeX. Is there a way I can get this marker or something similar in magenta instead?
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What is the thickness of \hrulefill

This seems like a simple question ... I know from this question that \hrule and presumably \hrulefill have a thickness of 0.4pt. I think \hrule is a primitive, so does that mean that you cannot ...
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prevent “action” if top of page

I have a manual list of stuff that are sometimes separated by an hrule(or my own custom ruler) for visual purposes. Sometimes the hrule ends at the top or bottom of a page which makes it useless. Is ...
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Putting a bar in the margin

I sometimes want to give examples in a document I am writing. Because these examples are quite general it could be difficult for readers to see the difference between the examples and the theoretical ...
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Draw a line through one column of a matrix

I'd like to "cancel" (draw a line through) a column of a matrix (using \begin{pmatrix}..\end{pmatrix}). How can I do this?
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How can i add a “field” for handwritten text?

I need to add a bunch of fields for a handwritten text to my document that look like this: Your Name ___________ Your Age ___________ As an example, I can show you the form that I have to ...
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How can I put a line above a section heading and prevent a page break between?

We have designed a class for some journal. We wanted our section titles to be separated by a horizontal line from the previous line. Here is the code: \def\section{% \vskip 1.2\@bls% \hrule ...
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Overline thickness

Is there a way in latex to change the vertical thickness (height) of the line generated by the \overline command? \[ \overline{\overline{A \vee B}} = \overline{\overline{A} \wedge \overline{B}} \]
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How to draw a double \hline in a table without interrupting vertical lines

I need to draw a double line after the first row in a table, but when using \hline twice, this interrupts the vertical lines: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|} \hline ...
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How to draw horizontal line with rubber length?

The \hrulefill command could draw rubber length underlines, like abc___def. I just want to draw line in the vertical centre of a text, like abc---def. Thanks.
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Inserting a line to separate the text and the margin note

How can I insert a vertical line through a whole page to separate the text and the margin notes?
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Very slight discontinuities in table borders

Tables in LaTeX all seem to have slight discontinuities in the outside vertical borders - little notches that are only really visible if you zoom in. Example: \documentclass{article} ...
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Vertical table lines are discontinuous with booktabs

I created a table in LaTeX, but there are some problems with the borders. The borders remain open whereas I want them closed. Also, in the last row, I want the vertical line gone, ie I want just one ...
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How to add a horizontal line above the footer with fancyhdr?

How to add a horizontal line above the footer using fancyhdr, just like the line present below the header?
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How to draw a simple but beautiful decorative head-rule?

The picture shown below is the desired simple head-rule, but the rule width should be much thinner like 1pt. Real one: So how to use Tikz or other packages to draw this kind of line as a ...
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\cmidrule with booktabs in beamer does not show up

I am trying to use a coloured \cmidrule in a table in beamer - however, it does not show up. I have read Strange disappearing colored rules in beamer which indicates that this is a bug and discusses ...
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Width of epigraphs

How can I set the width of an epigraph for automatic fitting of text inside epigraph? I would like that the line between text and source have the same width of the above text. This in every epigraph! ...
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Footnote separator

How can I remove the separator line between the footnotes and the text?
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How to show the vertical line between two columns?

Simply using \twocolumn changes my document to look like this: -----HEADER---- ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### ###### -----FOOTER---- But ...
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how to change the color of the rule (vertical line) in twocolumn document?

I'd like to make the rule between the 2 columns very thin. I found that no matter how small of width I made it, the line was not thin enough for my liking (unless I make it zero, then it will ...
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Use of \midrule in booktabs table

Are there any formal guidelines/suggestions on the use of \midrule inside a booktabs table with just rows of identically formatted data? The booktabs manual is very specific about vertical rules, ...
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A Matrix with labels, dashed lines

I'm trying to TeX the following matrix, from Guillemin and Pollack (1.4 #13) The best I've been able to do is get the dashed lines with \[ \left( \begin{array}{c:c} B & C \\ \hdashline D ...
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Showing how to solve an equation in LaTeX

Is there a package that would allow me to draw a horizontal line in math mode, like what is suggested below? \begin{align*} x + 2 &= 3\\ % First equation -2 &= -2\\ % Second equation %% ...
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How can I change the footnote line (thickness, length)

I am using pdflatex and just want to know how to change the footnote line (thickness, length). Besides that: How can I set the distance between text-lines in the text.
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Creating lists with items separated by a rule

How can I create a list in which a rule is automatically inserted between each pair of items?
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Horizontal line below figure caption

I would like to draw a horizontal line/rule beneath my multi-line caption to separate the caption more clearly from the rest of the text. A quick example: \begin{figure}[tb] \begin{center} ...