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Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

Document containing a page border and a graphic with a gradient fill

This document has a decorative page border and a graphic with a gradient fill.

Word provides a variety of ready-made and customizable graphical borders, shading schemes, and fill effects.

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Borders, shading, and decorative fill effects aren't just for holiday newsletters. Word offers a range of options for framing and emphasizing text, tables and table cells, graphics, and entire pages. This lesson introduces these options and shows you the basics of how to add them to your document.

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