Add or change a border

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 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

Add a clip art border from Office Clip Art and Media

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

Add a border to a group of objects

Remove a line border or predesigned border

Remove a clip art border

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. For more information about working with master pages in your publication, click a link in the See Also box, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

  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

  • Choose the color and line style options you want.
  • 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 Microsoft Publisher 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 Clip Organizer, clear the Use Clip Organizer to select the picture check box.
  4. Click Select Picture.
  5. Select the picture you want, and then click OK.
  6. 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, then you may receive an error message, and the border may not be created. If so, r epeat steps 2–6 to select a picture that has a smaller file size . Find links to more information about error messages that you may receive when you create custom border art in the See Also section , which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

 Note   Make sure that all sides of the border are within your printer's printable region. Not all printers print to the edge of the page. You can preview your publication (File menu, Print Preview command) to make sure that all sides of the border will print.

If the border is overlapping objects on the page

Microsoft Publisher adds borders to the inside of the rectangle, so that the thicker you make a border, the less room you have for pictures or text. If the border is overlapping text or objects on the page, try one or both of the following:

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 (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Line/Border Style Button image.
  3. Click the line width that you want, or, 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

 Note   You can override the To Guides option (Arrange menu, Snap command) by holding down the ALT button while you 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.

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Add a clip art border from Office Clip Art and Media

 Note   You must be connected to the Internet to use this procedure and search for clips on Office Clip Art and Media.

To quickly find predesigned clip art borders on Office Clip Art and Media, click a link in the See Also box, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

  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 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.

 Note   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. You can preview your publication (File menu, Print Preview command) to make sure that all sides of the border will print.

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

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

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

ShowAdd a line border of any color or width

  1. 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 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 Microsoft Publisher 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. Cick 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 Clip Organizer, clear the Use Clip Organizer to select the picture check box.
  4. Click Select Picture.
  5. Select the picture you want, and then click OK.
  6. 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, then you may receive an error message, and the border may not be created. If so, r epeat steps 2–6 to select a picture that has a smaller file size. Find links to more information about error messages that you may receive when you create custom border art in the See Also section, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

If the border is overlapping objects on the page

Microsoft Publisher adds borders to the inside of a text box, AutoShape, or picture, so that the thicker you make a border, the less room you have for pictures or text. If the border is overlapping text or objects on the page, try one or more of the following:

Increase the margins inside a text box

If the border that you add to a text box is touching the text, you can change the text box margins so that they are greater than 0 inches.

  1. Right-click in the text box, and then click Format Text Box on the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Text Box tab.
  3. Under Text Box Margins, type or select the margins that you want for each side of the text box.

Reduce the line width of the border

  1. Select the border that you want to change.
  2. On the Formatting toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Line/Border Style Button image.
  3. Click the line width that you want, or, 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 text box, AutoShape, or picture

 Note   You can override the To Guides option (Arrange menu, Snap command) by holding down the ALT button while you drag.

To keep the center of the object in the same place, hold down CTRL while you drag, and then release the mouse button before you release CTRL.

To maintain the object'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 object's proportions and 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.

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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. 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 Microsoft Publisher 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. Cick 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 Clip Organizer, clear the Use Clip Organizer to select the picture check box.
  4. Click Select Picture.
  5. Select the picture you want, and then click OK.
  6. 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, then you may receive an error message, and the border may not be created. If so, repeat steps 2–6 to select a picture that has a smaller file size. Find links to more information about error messages that you may receive when you create custom border art in the See Also section, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

If the border is overlapping objects on the page

Microsoft Publisher adds borders to the inside of the rectangle, so that the thicker you make a border, the less room you have for pictures or text. If the border is overlapping text or objects on the page, try one or both of the following:

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 (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Line/Border Style Button image.
  3. Click the line width that you want, or, 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

 Note   You can override the To Guides option (Arrange menu, Snap command) by holding down the ALT button while you 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.

 
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Remove a line border or predesigned border

  1. Select the object that has the border that you want to remove.

 Note   To remove a border from an object on a master page, click Master Page on the View menu, and then select the object that has the border that you want to remove.

  1. On the Formatting toolbar, click Line/Border Style Button image.
  2. Click No Line.

Remove a clip art border

Use this procedure if you inserted a border as a piece of art.

  1. Select the clip art border.

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

  1. Press DELETE.

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Applies to:
Publisher 2003