It's just as the title says.


  • Some details could be helpful. I understand »sections« as headings thus a part of the document structure. Perhaps you mean the place between two paragraphs. Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 10:11
  • @Thorsten: Yes, you are right. I changed the title.
    – Neves
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 10:36
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    Also see: How do I insert a border below text?
    – Werner
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 18:47

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In ConTeXt, \blackrule gives a horizontal line. By default, the width of the line 1em wide and 1ex tall. The width, height, and depth are changed using the respective options. For example:

\blackrule[width=\hsize, height=1pt, depth=0.5ex]
  • Despite its name, \blackrule also draws colored rules.

  • \setupblackrules specifies the options for all \blackrules.

  • As a bonus, \blackrules (notice the plural) draws multiple horizontal rules. For example:

    \blackrules[n=6, width=\hsize, distance=0.5ex]

    draws 6 rules separated by a distance of 0.5ex.

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    I think that everyone would agree that this is now the best answer.
    – Neves
    Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 3:42

How does this look:

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Whilst I generally favour TikZ for anything vaguely graphical, this was achieved with a simple \rule:







You can thicken the line by changing the 1pt to something else (or make it thinner, I guess). Perhaps style purists would want to change the before and after spacing a little.

(Added in edit: in the comments, Style Purist Will recommends adding a little height, and as it's so easy to do - I'd forgotten about the optional argument, myself - I thought it worth adding in the demonstration. He also used \linewidth rather than \textwidth - my original choice - which is a little more robust as it will vary correctly in lists and other environments where the linewidth can get altered.)

  • @Andrew: Very nice. Just what I needed. Thanks.
    – Neves
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 11:03
  • I'd recommend raising that rule a little with something like \rule[0.5ex]{\linewidth}{1pt}. I guess that makes me a style purist, whatever that is ;) Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 12:54
  • @Andrew: you'd have gotten hella downvotes if you actually had written up a TiKZ answer. =) Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 14:06
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    It embarasses you on stackexchange when it's too late to edit your post to fix your dumb typo, that's what it does. ;)
    – frabjous
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 23:54
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    Needing the \noindent with \rule seems strange. I wonder why it wasn't written to just work in either h mode or v mode. Looking at the definition of \@rule, it'd be a trivial modification: remove \leavevmode\hbox and replace \vrule with \ifvmode\hrule\else\vrule\fi
    – TH.
    Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 9:10

This is more for myself, but I just used \hrule where I was trying to use \hline in text mode a document, since of course a line is never as simple as just a line. That's LaTeX.


I typically use \hrulefill or \noindent\hrulefill to achieve a horizontal line.

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