Adding a border in Microsoft Word is a great way to make your whole document (or a specific section) stand out, and add some style. You can add many borders, including solid lines, dotted lines, or even a picture frame. This article will show you how to add a border in Word. Follow these steps to see how.
Adding a Page border
Read this section if you want to add a border to the entire page or document.
- Open your document and click on Design in the menu bar.
- In the “Page Background” section on the top-right, select Page Borders.
- This will open the “Borders and Shading“ dialogue box. The Page Border tab is selected by default.
- Select your desired setting for the page border in the “Setting” section. This includes using a Box, Shadow, 3D, or Custom style as your border.
- In the “Style” section, you can select your border’s line style, color, and width.
- Click on the drop-down arrow in the “Color” section to select a color for your border. For example, I chose the blue color.
- If you want to use an art style as your border design, you can select any style from the Art drop-down box.
- To apply your selections to the whole document or the current page, click on the drop-down arrow in the “Apply to” section. The preview section will show you a preview of your page. Click OK to apply the page border to your document.
- This is what your page border will look like when you click Ok.
Adding a border around a specific text
Word also allows you to add borders to specific sections of text. Text borders offer a great way to capture your readers’ attention to a specific place.
Method 1: Using Page Borders sub-menu
- Highlight the text you want to add a text border to.
- Click on Design in the menu bar. Then, click on Page Borders.
- The “Borders and Shading” dialogue box opens. Select the Borders tab.
- Select your preferred style, width, and colors. Then, ensure that the Paragraph option is selected in the “Apply to” section.
- Click OK.
Note: If you choose the “Text” option instead, it will show a background around each line of text.
Method 2: Using the Borders sub-menu in the Home menu
- Highlight the desired text you want to apply a border to.
- Click on the Home menu. Select the Borders icon in the “Paragraph” section.
- Click on any border style from the options listed to automatically apply it to the text you highlighted.
Note: Word chooses a border style based on your last used settings.
- If you want to format or choose your border styles, click on the Borders and Shading option to open the “Borders and Shading” dialogue box.