MS Word and Lines

I decided to take the advice of the experts and go with tables.  They are simpler to deal with

Just one thing though.  I am still having problems with the horizontal line that is created by entering === <enter>

When I enter text and then enter a horizontal line, it looks something like this:

text
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But if I create a table and then try to enter the horizontal line, and it looks like this

_____
|   |
-----

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In other words, with text, I do not get an extra empty line between the text and the horizontal line

But with a table (or columns for that matter), I do get an extra empty line between the table and the horizontal line.  This does not occur when  i just create the horizontal line immediately after a line of text, but it does happen if I create the horizontal line immediately after the table.

If I try to delete the line immediately above the horizontal line (the same line that is immediately below the table), it will delete that line, and delete the horizontal line as well at the same time.

How can I create the horizontal line immediately after a table without an extra empty line between the two objects.

Thanks      (and thanks to all the experts who have helped me previously)
Anthony LuciaAsked:
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Have you tired Control+Enter to start the second line (instead of just Enter)?
Anthony LuciaAuthor Commented:
I tried the following

===<CTL + ENTER>

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But it left the three equal signs at the line without converting it into a horizontal line, and then it jumped a page
GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Firstly, it is a good idea to shoe the unprintable formatting characters. Do this via the Show/Hide button with the pilcrow symbol(¶). The paragraph marks are shown with the same symbol.

You will see that the line created with the three equals signs is below a paragraph, The line is, in fact, a paragraph bottom border.  

If you need a line at the bottom of the table, set the table's bottom border.

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