Add a border to a slide


Keywords    border; outline; edge; frame; add border; add slide border


This article discusses adding a border to a Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 slide. If you're trying to add a border to a document or an Excel spreadsheet, you may find the following links useful:

There are two ways to add a border to a PowerPoint slide. You can create a simple border by drawing a rectangular, unfilled AutoShape on your slide and editing the line style, thickness, and color of the line. To create a more elaborate border, consider the variety of border clips available through Clip Organizer. You can insert one on a slide and then rotate or resize it.

What do you want to do?


Create a simple border

  1. In your presentation, click the Insert tab.
  2. In the Illustrations group, click the arrow under Shapes, and then under Recently Used Shapes, click Rectangle.

Insert shapes

  1. On your slide, drag to a draw a rectangle that is almost as large as the slide.
  2. Right-click the rectangle, click Format Shape, and then do the following:
    • To remove the background color of the rectangle, in the Format Shape dialog box, on the Fill tab, click No fill.
    • To change the outline color of the rectangle, in the Format Shape dialog box, click the Line Color tab, click the arrow next to Fill Color Button image, and then click the color you want.
    • To make the outline wider or narrower, dashed, or another style, in the Format Shape dialog box, click the Line Style tab. To change the width of the line, next to Width, click the up or down arrows to change the point size of the line. To change the style of the line, click the arrow next to Compound type or Dash type to select the style you want.

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Create a more elaborate border using clip art

  1. There are dozens of styles of clip art that you can use to create a border on a slide. Some border styles are in the shape of a hollow rectangle, and all you need to do is resize them to look like a border along the edge of your slide. Other clip art border styles are solid shapes, and you may need to copy and paste or rotate or flip the shape to make it repeat around the edge of your slide. In your presentation, click the Insert tab.
  2. In the Illustrations group, click Clip Art.
  3. In the Clip Art task pane, click in the Search for box, and then type borders, and then click Go.
  4. In the results list, double-click the border that you want to use, and then resize, copy, paste, rotate, or flip the shape it to make it look the way you want.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007