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Audio course: Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

Document with a decorative page border

Document with a graphical page border.

You can add full or partial borders to any portion of any page of a document. Word provides a variety of built-in page borders, from businesslike to fancy.

You start from the Page Border tab in the Borders and Shading dialog box (Format menu). From there you can choose:

  • The type of overall border, from simple box to shadowed to 3-D to a custom style of your design.
  • The line style, color, and thickness.
  • The artistic style, which can be fun if your document is informal or tied to a special occasion, event, or holiday.

You can preview the design right inside the dialog box, so it's easy to see how your chosen effects will look.

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