Add borders to text

Use the Borders button to add a border to text to set it apart or add emphasis. You can add borders to any side of the text or all sides to make a box.

  1. Place your cursor or select the text where you want to add a border.
  2. Click Home and then click the small down arrow next to the Borders button.
    Borders button
  3. Choose an option.

Below is a summary of the options and what they do. Many of these also apply to adding a border to a table.

Button Name What it does
Buttom image Bottom Border Creates a border below the paragraph or table cell at the cursor’s current location or below the selected paragraphs or cells. If you select a portion of text smaller than a paragraph, a box is created around the selection.
Button image Top Border Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the top.
Button image Left Border Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the left.
Button image Right Border Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the right.
Button image No Border Removes borders from the selection.
Button image All Borders Creates a box around each paragraph for the selected text. If no text is selected, Word creates a box around the paragraph at the cursor’s current location. If you press Enter while typing in an All Borders text box, a new box appears for the new paragraph.
Button image Outside Borders Creates a box around the selected text. If no text is selected, Word creates a box around the paragraph at the cursor’s current location. If you press Enter while typing in a paragraph with Outside Borders, the box expands to include the new paragraph.
Button image Inside Borders Creates borders between the selected paragraphs. If no text is selected or if only one paragraph is selected, nothing happens. If you press Enter while typing in a paragraph with Inside Borders, a new border appears.
Button image Inside Horizontal Borders For regular paragraphs, this does the same thing as Inside Borders. For a table, this adds borders between rows and not columns.
Button image Inside Vertical Borders In a table, this adds borders between columns and not rows. For regular paragraphs, this doesn’t do anything.
Button image Diagonal Down Border In a table, this adds a diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right of each cell. For regular paragraphs, this doesn’t do anything.
Button image Diagonal Up Border In a table, this adds a diagonal line from the bottom left to the top right of each cell. For regular paragraphs, this doesn’t do anything.
Button image Horizontal Line Inserts a horizontal line as a graphic below the cursor’s current location.
Button image Draw Table Draw a table using your cursor.
Button image View Gridlines Displays cell boundaries in tables that have no borders applied.
Button image Borders and Shading Choose border formatting options such as line thickness, color, and style.

You can also add a border to a picture or add a border to a page.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2013