Add a border

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Do one of the following:

ShowAdd a border to a picture, table, or text

  1. Select the text, picture, or table (table: One or more rows of cells commonly used to display numbers and other items for quick reference and analysis. Items in a table are organized into rows and columns.) you want to apply a border to.

If you want to apply a border to specific table cells (cell: A box formed by the intersection of a row and column in a worksheet or a table, in which you enter information.), select the cells, including the end-of-cell mark.

Select cells and end-of-cell mark

  1. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading, and then click the Borders tab.
  2. Select the options you want.
  3. To specify that only particular sides get borders, click Custom under Setting. Under Preview, click the diagram's sides, or use the buttons to apply and remove borders.
  4. To specify the exact position of a paragraph border relative to the text, click Paragraph under Apply to, click Options, and then select the options you want.

ShowTip

If you are adding borders to a complicated table or to several parts of your document, you may want to use the Tables and Borders toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.).

ShowAdd a border to a page

  1. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading, and then click the Page Border tab.
  2. To specify an artistic border, such as trees, select an option in the Art box.
  3. Click one of the border options under Settings.

To specify that the border appears on a particular side of a page, such as only at the top, click Custom under Setting. Under Preview, click where you want the border to appear.

  1. To specify a particular page or section (section: A portion of a document in which you set certain page formatting options. You create a new section when you want to change such properties as line numbering, number of columns, or headers and footers.) for the border to appear in, click the option you want under Apply to.
  2. To specify the exact position of the border on the page, click Options, and then select the options you want.

 Note   You can see page borders on your screen by viewing your document in print layout view (Print Layout view: A view of a document or other object as it will appear when you print it. For example, items such as headers, footnotes, columns, and text boxes appear in their actual positions.).

ShowAdd a border to a Web page frame

  1. On the Format menu, point to Frames, and then click Frame Properties.
  2. On the Borders tab, click Show all frame borders, and select any other options you want.

ShowAdd a border to a drawing object

 Note    To add a border to a drawing object (drawing object: Any graphic you draw or insert, which can be changed and enhanced. Drawing objects include AutoShapes, curves, lines, and WordArt.), the drawing object must be in a drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.).

  1. Select the drawing canvas that surrounds the drawing object you want to add a border to.
  2. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click the arrow next to Line Color Button image, and then select the color of line you want.

To use a different size or style of line, click Line Style Button image or Dash Style Button image.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003