About borders, shading, and graphic fills

Borders, shading, and graphic fills can add interest and emphasis to various parts of your document.

You can add borders to pages, text, tables (table: One or more rows of cells commonly used to display numbers and other items for quick reference and analysis. Items in a table are organized into rows and columns.) and table cells (cell: A box formed by the intersection of a row and column in a worksheet or a table, in which you enter information.), graphic objects, pictures, and Web frames (frames: The named subwindow of a frames page. The frame appears in a Web browser as one of a number of window regions in which pages can be displayed. The frame can be scrollable and resizable, and it can have a border.). You can shade paragraphs and text. You can apply colored or textured fills to your graphic objects.

ShowPage borders

You can add a border to any or all sides of each page in a document, to pages in a section (section: A portion of a document in which you set certain page formatting options. You create a new section when you want to change such properties as line numbering, number of columns, or headers and footers.), to the first page only, or to all pages except the first. You can add page borders in many line styles and colors, as well as a variety of graphical borders.

Page with a graphical border

ShowText borders and shading

You can set apart text from the rest of a document by adding borders. You can also highlight text by applying shading.

Text with borders and shading

ShowTable borders and shading

You can add borders to a table or individual table cell, and you can use shading to fill in the background of a table.

You can also use the table AutoFormat feature to quickly give a table a polished look with a variety of borders, fonts, and shading.

Table with automatic formatting

ShowWeb frame borders

You can modify the borders around frames on a Web page. You can change the size and color of the borders, and you can specify that no border will appear, so the frames appear like a unified Web page.

Show or hide frame borders

ShowGraphic borders, colors, and fills

Applies to:
Word 2003