Today's quick 'How To' is useful if you are you are trying to create a whitelist in Gmail or any other time you want to insert a vertical pipe symbol ' ' into a document or form. In Gmail you use the filter creation tool to whitelist a domain or domains. Rather than create multiple rules, you can add several domains all at once in one filter. However, the domains need to be separated by a pipe to whitelist multiple domains or email addresses. Most modern keyboards do not include the pipe as an option on any of the keys. However, the answer is really easy, Push and hold the Shift key and then push the backslash key '. This inserts the pipe rather than the backslash. For full instructions on how to crate your whitelist entries in Gmail checkout this step by step guide from About.Com's Technology section here.
The symbol can be used for a variety of functions, including programming and shell scripting in Unix systems and representing the absolute value symbol in mathematical equations. It can also be used if you simply need to draw a straight vertical line for visual purposes to break up text or as part of an emoticon. How to Insert a Vertical line after a paragraph in Word. You may also want to place a vertical line after a paragraph. This task has almost the same steps as in the previous section. Obey the instructions below to insert a vertical line after text in Word: First, Select the paragraph text after which you want to insert the line.
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For some documents you may have a need to insert vertical lines. There are actually four or five ways you can do this in Word. The actual method you choose depends on your document needs and which appeals to you the most. The first method involves drawing a line:
- Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
- Click the Shapes tool and then click one of the line shapes from the Line group. The mouse pointer changes to a crosshair that looks like a large plus sign.
- Click at one end of where you want your line, but don't release the mouse button.
- Drag the mouse to where you want the other end of the line positioned.
- Release the mouse button.
The second method involves using bar tab stops. You can see how these appear by following these steps:
- Select the paragraph or paragraphs that you want to contain vertical bars.
- Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
- Click the small icon at the lower-right of the Paragraph group. Word displays the Paragraph dialog box.
- Click the Tabs button, at the lower-left of the dialog box. Word displays the Tabs dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
- In the Tab Stop Position box enter a horizontal measurement that indicates where you want the bar to appear. Thus, if you want it 2 inches from the left margin, you would enter 2 in the box.
- Click on the Bar radio button.
- Click on Set.
- Repeat steps 5 through 7 to set other bar positions.
- Click on OK when you are done.
Figure 1. The Tabs dialog box.
Another method that works well if you want the line to appear beside a paragraph is to use borders:
- Place the insertion point within a paragraph of text or, if preferred, select the entire paragraph.
- Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
- Click the down-arrow next to the Borders tool, in the Paragraph group. Word displays a drop-down list of options.
- Choose the Left Border or Right Border option, as desired. Word adds the border to either the left or right side of the paragraph, as appropriate.
If you have multiple columns in your document and you want vertical lines between the columns, you can follow these steps:
- Select the text that you want in columns. (If you don't do this step, then your entire section or document will be formatted into columns.)
- Display the Layout tab of the ribbon.
- Click the Columns tool in the Page Setup group and then click More Columns. Word displays the Columns dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
- Specify the number of columns into which you want the text formatted.
- Make sure the Line Between check box is selected.
- Click on OK.
Figure 2. The Columns dialog box.
The final way to create vertical lines is to use tables. While this may seem a bit convoluted, it will work great for small sections of text. To use this method, follow these general steps:
Microsoft Word Vertical Line Symbol
- Create a table that has a single row but as many columns as you want your text divided into.
- Select the table.
- Make sure the Table Design tab of the ribbon is displayed.
- Click the Borders tool (in the Table Styles group) and then choose No Border.
- Again, click the Borders tool and then choose Inside Vertical Border.
- Enter your text in each cell of the table.