Add, change, or remove a border in Publisher

You can add a line border of any color or thickness, a predesigned border, or a custom border to a page, text box, AutoShape (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.), picture, or around a group of objects in your publication.

You can also use a picture that is designed to be a border. For example, you can insert a page border clip from Clip Art and Media on Microsoft Office Online, and then change the size to fit the page or object that you want to add a border to.

If the page, text box, AutoShape, picture, or group of items already has a border, you can change or remove it.

What do you want to do?


Add a border to a page

To add a border to a page, draw a rectangle around the page and then add the line or predesigned border you want. To add a border to all the pages in your publication, add the border to a master page (master page: A background page that can be applied to one or more pages of a publication. Master pages contain elements, such as headers, footers, margin guides, and column guides, that can be applied to multiple pages.), and then apply the master page to the pages in your publication. Find links to more information about working with master pages in your publication, click a link in the See Also section.

 Important   Make sure that all sides of the border are within your printer's printable region, especially if you are creating a page border. Not all printers print to the edge of the page.

Determine your desktop printer's nonprintable region

  1. Open Microsoft WordPad.

ShowHow?

  • On the Windows taskbar, click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click WordPad.
  1. On the File menu, click Page Setup.
  2. Set the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom margin values to zero. The margins will be reset automatically to the minimum margin that is supported by the printer.
  3. Note the minimum margins.

To make sure that all sides of the border will print, you can preview your publication by clicking Print Preview on the File menu.

Add a border to a page

  1. Select the page that you want to add the border to.
  2. On the Objects toolbar, click Rectangle Button image  , and then drag on the page to draw a rectangle the size that you want the page border, for example to the page margins.
  3. Select the rectangle, and then click AutoShape on the Format menu.
  4. Click the Colors and Lines tab.
  5. Do one of the following:

ShowAdd a line border of any color or width

  1. Under Line, choose the color and line options you want.
  2. To add the border equally to both the inside and the outside of the rectangle, rather than to the inside only, clear the Draw border inside frame check box. This helps to prevent the border from overlapping objects that are located inside of the rectangle.

ShowAdd a predesigned pattern border

  1. Click Border Art.
  2. In the Available Borders list, click the border you want.

ShowAdd a custom border

You can create a custom border from clip art, a picture file, a scanned photograph or other bitmap (bitmap: A picture made from a series of small dots, much like a piece of graph paper with certain squares filled in to form shapes and lines. When stored as files, bitmaps usually have the extension .bmp.), or a picture that you created in a drawing program. Your custom border will be stored with the Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 border art.

 Note   The picture file that you use for a custom border must be smaller then 64 kilobytes (KB) in size and must not include any text.

  1. Click BorderArt.
  2. In the BorderArt dialog box, click Create Custom.
  3. In the Create Custom Border dialog box, to add a picture from a file that is located on your computer's hard disk without adding it to the Microsoft Clip Organizer, clear the Use Clip Organizer to select the picture check box.
  4. Click Select Picture.
  5. In the Insert Picture dialog box, browse to the location that contains the picture you want, click the picture, and then click Insert.
  6. 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 occurs, repeat step 2 through step 5 to select a picture that has a smaller file size.

Add a clip art border

You can quickly create a border with clip art.

  1. Select the page that you want to add the border to.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click Clip Art.
  3. In the Clip Art task pane, type page borders in the Search for box, and then click Go.
  4. In the Clip Art task pane, click the border you want.
  5. In your publication, position the mouse pointer over one of the sizing handles (handle: One of several small shapes displayed around an object when the object is selected. You can move or reshape an object by clicking on a handle and dragging.) on the border, and then drag the handle to resize the border.
  6. If the border has a solid fill that is covering the contents of your page, select the border, point to Order on the Arrange menu, and then click Send to Back so that the contents of your page show in front of the border fill.

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Add a border to a text box, an AutoShape, a picture, or an object

You can add a line border to a text box, an AutoShape, a picture, or an object. You can also add a predesigned or custom border to a text box, a picture, or a rectangle (but not to other AutoShapes, such as a circle or an oval).

  1. Select the text box, AutoShape, picture, or object that you want to add the border to.
  2. On the Format menu, click Text Box, AutoShape, Picture, or Object.
  3. Click the Colors and Lines tab.
  4. Do one of the following:

ShowAdd a line border of any color or width

  1. Under Line, choose the color and line style options you want.
  2. To add the border equally to both the inside and the outside of the rectangle, rather than to the inside only, clear the Draw border inside frame check box. This helps to prevent the border from overlapping objects that are located inside of the rectangle.

ShowAdd a predesigned pattern border

  1. Click BorderArt (not available if you have selected an AutoShape other than a rectangle).
  2. In the Available Borders list, click the border you want.

ShowAdd a custom border

You can create a custom border from clip art, a picture file, a scanned photograph or other bitmap (bitmap: A picture made from a series of small dots, much like a piece of graph paper with certain squares filled in to form shapes and lines. When stored as files, bitmaps usually have the extension .bmp.), or a picture that you created in a drawing program. Your custom border will be stored with the Office Publisher 2007 border art.

 Note   The picture file that you use for a custom border must be smaller then 64 KB in size and must not include any text.

  1. Click BorderArt.
  2. In the BorderArt dialog box, click Create Custom.
  3. In the Create Custom Border dialog box, to add a picture from a file that is located on your computer's hard disk without adding it to the Microsoft Clip Organizer, clear the Use Clip Organizer to select the picture check box.
  4. Click Select Picture.
  5. In the Insert Picture dialog box, browse to the location that contains the picture you want, click the picture, and then click Insert.
  6. 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 occurs, repeat step 2 through step 5 to select a picture that has a smaller file size.

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Remove a border from a text box, an AutoShape, a picture, or an object

If you added a border to a text box, an AutoShape, a picture, or an object, you can also remove the border by reversing the process.

  1. Select the text box, AutoShape, picture, or object that you want to add the border to.
  2. On the Format menu, click Text Box, AutoShape, Picture, or Object.
  3. Click the Colors and Lines tab.
  4. Do one of the following:

    ShowRemove a line border of any color or width

  1. Under Line, in the Color pull-down, select No Line.

ShowRemove a predesigned or custom pattern border

  1. From the Style pull-down, select any line.
  1. Under Line, in the Color pull-down, select No Line.

Add a border to a group of objects

To add a border to a group of objects, draw a rectangle around the objects, and then add the line or predesigned border you want.

  1. Select the page that you want to add the border to.
  2. On the Objects toolbar, click Rectangle Button image  , and then drag on the page to draw a rectangle the size that you want (around the objects that you want included inside the border).
  3. Select the rectangle, and then click AutoShape on the Format menu.
  4. Click the Colors and Lines tab.
  5. Do one of the following:

ShowAdd a line border of any color or width

  1. Under Line, choose the color and line style options you want.
  2. To add the border equally to both the inside and the outside of the rectangle, rather than to the inside only, clear the Draw border inside frame check box. This will help to prevent the border from overlapping objects that are located inside of the rectangle.

ShowAdd a predesigned pattern border

  1. Click Border Art.
  2. In the Available Borders list, click the border you want.

ShowAdd a custom border

You can create a custom border from clip art, a picture file, a scanned photograph or other bitmap (bitmap: A picture made from a series of small dots, much like a piece of graph paper with certain squares filled in to form shapes and lines. When stored as files, bitmaps usually have the extension .bmp.), or a picture that you created in a drawing program. Your custom border will be stored with the Office Publisher 2007 border art.

 Note   The picture file that you use for a custom border must be smaller then 64 KB in size and must not include any text.

  1. Click BorderArt.
  2. In the BorderArt dialog box, click Create Custom.
  3. In the Create Custom Border dialog box, to add a picture from a file that is located on your computer's hard disk without adding it to the Microsoft Clip Organizer, clear the Use Clip Organizer to select the picture check box.
  4. In the Insert Picture dialog box, browse to the location that contains the picture you want, click the picture, and then click Insert.
  5. 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 so, repeat step 2 through step 5 to select a picture that has a smaller file size.

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Modify a border to minimize overlapping contents

Office Publisher 2007 can add border art or lines to a text box, picture frame, or a rectangle shape, so that the thicker you make the border art or line, the less room you have for pictures or text. If the border is covering text or objects on your page, try one or more of the following:

Draw the border line on the frame instead of inside the frame

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

  1. Select the rectangle, and then click AutoShape on the Format menu.
  2. Click the Colors and Lines tab and then clear the Draw border inside frame check box.

Apply border art at proportionate sizes

To resize the border proportionate to its size in relation to the entire page, clear the Always apply at default size check box. This will help to prevent the border from overlapping objects that are located inside of the rectangle.

  1. Select the rectangle, and then click AutoShape on the Format menu.
  2. Click the Colors and Lines tab and then click BorderArt.
  3. In the BorderArt dialog box, clear the Always apply at default size check box.

Reduce the line width of the border

  1. Select the rectangle that has the border that you want to change.
  2. On the Formatting toolbar, click Line/Border Style Button image.
  3. Click the line width that you want. To see more options for line widths, click More Lines, and then select the value that you want in the Weight box.

Increase the size of the rectangle

  1. Click the rectangle to select it.
  2. Point to one of the sizing handles (handle: One of several small shapes displayed around an object when the object is selected. You can move or reshape an object by clicking on a handle and dragging.), and then drag.
  • To keep the center of the rectangle in the same place, hold down CTRL while you drag, and then release the mouse button before you release CTRL.
  • To maintain the rectangle's proportions, hold down SHIFT while you drag a corner handle, and then release the mouse button before you release SHIFT.
  • To both maintain the rectangle's proportions and also keep its center in the same place, hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a corner handle, and then release the mouse button before you release CTRL+SHIFT.
  • To drag the rectangle across guides, such as margin guides, press ALT while you drag.

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Remove a line border, a BorderArt border, or a Clip Art border

  1. Click on the border to select it.

 Note   To remove a border on a master page, click Master Page on the View menu, and then select the border.

  1. Press DELETE.

     Note    If you’ve selected an object that you did not want to remove, simply press CTRL+Z to undo the removal.

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Applies to:
Publisher 2007