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Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

Document with borders around a table and a graphic

You can apply borders and shading to text, to the page, and to tables and graphics, as shown here.

You can also put borders around discrete chunks of text to set them apart from the rest of the document. This adds visual punch to things like headings and direct quotations. You can also use borders to set off tables and graphics, as shown in the figure.

To add a border, you select the text, table, table cell, or graphic. Then you open the Borders and Shading dialog box, click the Borders tab, and choose the style, width, color, and so on. As on the Page Border tab, you can preview your choices right there.

Note that if you're working with AutoShapes (a particular type of Word graphic that you insert by using the AutoShapes command), the method for adding a border differs. After selecting the shape, you use the Line Color Button image and Line Style Button image buttons on the Drawing toolbar.

Tip     If you're working with a table, there's a cool way to quickly add a unified border, shading, and color scheme: use the Table AutoFormat feature. You'll learn more about it in the section after next, "Quick table effects."

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