Add a border around a text box, picture, or other object

Used sparingly, borders are a great way to get attention. Here’s how to add a line, predesigned pattern, or custom border to a text box, picture, or other object.

Add a border of any color or width line

  1. Right-click the text box, AutoShape, picture, or object to which you want to add the border.
  2. Select the appropriate Format <object> menu item and click the Colors and Lines tab.
  3. Under Line, choose the color and other options.

     Tip    To add the border equally to both the inside and the outside of the rectangle, rather than to the inside only, uncheck the Draw border inside frame check box. This helps to prevent the border from overlapping objects that are located inside of the rectangle.

Add a predesigned border pattern

  1. Right-click the text box, AutoShape, picture, or object to which you want to add the border.
  2. Select the appropriate Format <object> menu item and click the Colors and Lines tab.
  3. Click BorderArt (not available if you have selected a table cell or an AutoShape other than a rectangle).
  4. In the Available Borders list, click the border you want.

Add a custom border

For extra pizazz, create a custom border from clip art, a picture file, a scanned photograph, or a picture that you created in a drawing program.

 Note    The picture file that you use for a custom border must be smaller than 64 KB.

  1. Right-click the text box, AutoShape, picture, or object to which you want to add the border.
  2. Select the appropriate Format <object> menu item and click the Colors and Lines tab.
  3. Click BorderArt.
  4. In the BorderArt dialog box, click Create Custom.
  5. Click Select Picture.
  6. In the Insert Pictures dialog box, choose the location that contains the picture you want, either on your computer, on Office.com’s collection of clip art, or from Bing’s image search, then click the picture and click Insert.
  7. In the Name Custom Border dialog box, type a name for your custom border, and then click OK.

If the file size of the picture that you select is too large (greater than 64 KB), or if the picture contains text, you may receive an error message, and the border may not be created. If this happens try a smaller picture.

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Applies to:
Publisher 2013