MS Word 2016: How can I draw a line with notches or points?

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(Office 365/Word 2016/PC w/Windows 10): I sometimes need to create math worksheets and I would like to know how to create a line/figure as shown below. Couldn't find anything online; probably not asking the right question or phrasing it right. Thanks for any help!

line w-numbers and notches.png
 

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I'm sure there are better ways and this is a bit primitive but it does work in 2010 so it should work with your version as well.

1) First click on the insert Tab
2) Click on Shapes and hold down the Shift key when you select the first one under the options for Lines. The Shift key makes sure the line is completely straight when you draw it.
3) After you draw your line from the shape styles above click on the first one if you want a black line
4) Place your cursor at the beginning of your line and use the tab key to go to where you want the verical lines then press Shift + the straight vertical bar on your keyboard that looks like this "|" . On my keyboard it's on the far right side above enter and is the upper case (the lower case in the backward slash).

The vertical lines are a little longer than in your illustration so it may not be exactly what you want but give it a try and experiment by reducing the size of the font.

You can also use Insert and Shapes to Insert a vertical line over the horizontal one in the same manner (holding the Shift key to be sure it's straight) but I haven't yet found a way to easily repeat it without doing the entire process over again which would be a bit tedious. If I do I'll post back or perhaps someone else will.

This is what it looks like:
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Hi, I really appreciate your response, but this way won't work for me. I need to set perfectly mathematical (i.e. distributed) distances between each "notch," and it would be really difficult this way. If I try to adjust and increase the line length things get screwy. Plus it won't let me place the cursor at the beginning.......it's awkward. If you find a more elegant/precise method please let me know. I'm curious what pros who do this work use.....probably not Word?
 

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I was afraid it wouldn't work but thought I'd mention it anyway.

Would it be a lengthy document that has several lines like that?

Where did you get the sample in your image?
 

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The sample is just a .jpeg image I copped from a worksheet. I'm working on creating advanced problems (elementary/jr. high) and I need to do it easily, without tortuous work-arounds. I'm thinking I should use bona fide math editor software, I guess that's what math people use....not sure....as we speak, I'm posting on a forum asking that question to math teachers. Which is funny, because I'm technically a "math teacher!" But in elementary, and creating specific complex problems/figures is not something we generally need to do.
 

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Now I know why I dropped math like a hot potato in HIgh School. :D

I hope someone comes along with some more viable suggestions.
 

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fwiw: I hated and feared math until I took "math for elementary teachers" in college and finally learned some basics like place value. Seriously. Since that moment I have LOVED math....taught gifted math students for years.....far too many people were mistaught and turned off to math....such a shame.
 

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I would probably enjoy it more now that I did then. Thanks for the additional comments. Teachers are special in my book. (y)
 

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