Change or remove a border from a text box or shape

You can change the look 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. If you want to do something else, see the following links. To add or change a border in your Word document, see Add, change, or delete borders from documents or pictures. Or to change the border of a table cell in Word, see Format a table. If you want to change the border of a cell in Excel, see Apply or remove cell borders on a worksheet.

Change a text box or shape border

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Excel

 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. To change the border of a cell, see Apply or remove cell borders on a worksheet.

  1. Double-click 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 SHIFT 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.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box or shape.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To change the color of the text box or shape border, click the color that you want.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

  • To change the width or weight of the border, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

  • To change the style of the border, point to Dashes, and then click the border style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

 Tip   You can also apply fill or effects to your text box or shape. For more information, see Add a fill or effect to a text box or Add or delete a shape fill or shape effect.

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Outlook

  1. Double-click 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 change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold SHIFT while you click the other text boxes or shapes. If you have both multiple text boxes and multiple shapes, you must click either all text boxes or all shapes.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • For a text box, under Text Box Tools, on the Format tab, in the Text Box Styles group, click Shape Outline.

Text Box Tools Format tab image

If you do not see either the Text Box Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box.

  • For a shape, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

  1. If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.
  2. Do one or more of the following:
    • To change the color of the text box or shape border, click the color that you want.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

  • To change the width or weight of the border, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

  • To change the style of the border, point to Dashes, and then click the border style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

  • To change the pattern of the border, click Pattern, and then choose the options that you want.

 Tip   You can also apply fill or effects to your text box or shape. For more information, see Add a fill or effect to a text box or Add or delete a shape fill or shape effect.

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PowerPoint

  1. Double-click 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 change.

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

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box or shape.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To change the color of the text box or shape border, click the color that you want.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

  • To change the width or weight of the border, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

  • To change the style of the border, point to Dashes, and then click the border style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

 Notes 

  • You can also change the border on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, by clicking Shape Outline.

PowerPoint Home tab

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Word

 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. To add or change a border in your document, see Add, change, or delete borders from documents or pictures. To change the border of a table cell, see Format a table.

  1. Double-click 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 change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold SHIFT while you click the other text boxes or shapes. If you have both multiple text boxes and multiple shapes, you must click either all text boxes or all shapes.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • For a text box, under Text Box Tools, on the Format tab, in the Text Box Styles group, click Shape Outline.

Text Box Tools Format tab image

If you do not see either the Text Box Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box.

  • For a shape, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To change the color of the text box or shape border, click the color that you want.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

  • To change the width or weight of the border, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

  • To change the style of the border, point to Dashes, and then click the border style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

  • To change the pattern of the border, click Pattern, and then choose the options that you want.

 Tip   You can also apply fill or effects to your text box or shape. For more information, see Add a fill or effect to a text box or Add or delete a shape fill or shape effect.

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Remove a text box or shape border

Which program are you using?


Excel

  1. Double-click 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 SHIFT 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.

Drawing Tools Format tab

If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box or shape.

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Outlook

  1. Double-click 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 SHIFT while you click the other text boxes or shapes. If you have both multiple text boxes and multiple shapes, you must click either all text boxes or all shapes.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • For a text box, under Text Box Tools, on the Format tab, in the Text Box Styles group, click Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

Text Box Tools Format tab

If you do not see either the Text Box Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box.

  • For a shape, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab

If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

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PowerPoint

  1. Double-click 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 SHIFT 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.

Drawing Tools Format tab

If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box or shape.

 Tip   You can also remove the border on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, by clicking Shape Outline, and then clicking No Outline.

PowerPoint Home tab

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Word

  1. Double-click 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 SHIFT while you click the other text boxes or shapes. If you have both multiple text boxes and multiple shapes, you must click either all text boxes or all shapes.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • For a text box, under Text Box Tools, on the Format tab, in the Text Box Styles group, click Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

Text Box Tools Format tab

If you do not see either the Text Box Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box.

  • For a shape, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab

If you do not see either the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007