Change or remove a border from a text box or shape

You can change the color, weight, or style of the outside border of a text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) or shape, or remove the border altogether.

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Change the color of a text box or shape border

 Note   To change the border of a text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) or shape, follow the steps below.

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, and under Theme Colors, select the color that you want. .

Under Drawing Tools, the Format tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected the text box or shape. You might have to double-click the text box or shape to open the Format tab.

Shape Outline menu

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The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

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Change the weight of a text box or shape border

 Note   To change the border of a text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) or shape, follow the steps below.

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

The Shape Styles group on the Format tab.

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected the text box or shape. You might have to double-click the text box or shape to open the Format tab.

Shape Outline menu

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  • To create a custom line weight, do the following:
    1. Select the text box or shape.
    2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Weight, and then select More Lines.
    3. In the Format Shape dialog box, under Line Style, in the Width box type the weight that you want.
  • In PowerPoint, you can also change the border on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, by clicking Shape Outline.

The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

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Change the style of a text box or shape border

 Note   To change the border of a text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) or shape, follow the steps below.

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then click the border style that you want.

The Shape Styles group on the Format tab.

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected the text box or shape. You might have to double-click the text box or shape to open the Format tab.

Shape Outline menu

 Notes 

  • To create a custom line style, do the following:
    1. Select the text box or shape.
    2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then select More Lines.
    3. In the Format Shape dialog box, under Line Style, select the line style options that you want.
  • In PowerPoint, you can also change the border on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, by clicking Shape Outline.

The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

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Remove the border from a text box or shape

 Note   To delete a text box, see Add, copy, or delete a text box.

  1. Select the text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) or shape border that you want to remove.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold CTRL while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

Under Drawing Tools, the Format tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected the text box or shape. You might have to double-click the text box or shape to open the Format tab.

Shape Outline menu

 Tip   In PowerPoint, you can also remove the border on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, by clicking Shape Outline.

The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Drawing group on the Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

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Applies to:
Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010