Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope

A line may refer to any of the following:


1. In communications, a line refers to a cable or wire that connects two devices to each other.

2. Line is a free messaging app that allows you to send one-on-one and group messages to your friends and family for free and make voice and video calls. The app is available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Nokia phones.

3. In general, a line describes a connector between two points. For example, in a graphics or paint program the line tool allows the user to draw a straight line in any direction.

4. When referring to text, a line refers to a horizontal line of text.

For example, this is one line of text.

When typing, to go to the next line, press the Enter key. In word processor programs like Microsoft Word pressing Enter may start a new paragraph instead of a new line. For these programs, press Shift and Enter at the same time when you want to go to the next line (soft return).

When debugging an error while programming an error may indicate what line number contains the error. For example, when attempting to run a script, you may get an error similar to the following example.

"use" not allowed in expression at line 36, at end of line syntax error at line 36, near "use Benchmark" BEGIN not safe after errors--compilation aborted at line 957.

In the above example, the error message indicates the error is on line 36 and aborted on line 957. In this example, you could start troubleshooting the error by looking for typos or missing characters on line 36.


When working with a text file with thousands of lines, you can use the Ctrl+G keyboard shortcut to go to a specific line.

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