Remove or change the border on a text box or shape

You can remove the border from a text box or shape, and you can change the color, weight, or style of a border. If you want to delete a text box, see Remove a text box.

Remove the border from a text box or shape

If you need to remove a border from a shape in Project, see Remove a border in Project, later in this article.

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to remove.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

Shape Outline menu

You can also right-click the shape, click the Shape Outline icon, and then click No Outline.


 Notes 

  • You can also right-click the shape, click the Shape Outline icon, and then click No Outline.
  • In PowerPoint, you can also click Shape Outline on the Home tab.
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Remove a border in Project

  1. Right-click the text box or shape and click Properties.
  2. If it isn't already selected, click the Line & Fill tab
  3. Under Line, click None.

Change the color of a text box or shape border

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, and under Theme Colors, select the color you want. .

Shape Outline menu

If you don't see the Format tab, make sure you've selected the text box or shape.


 Notes 

  • To change the border to a color that isn't in the theme colors, do the following:
    1. Select the text box or shape.
    2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, click Shape Outline, and then click More Outline Colors.
    3. In the Colors dialog box, either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).
  • You can also right-click the shape, click the Shape Outline icon, and then click No Outline.
  • In PowerPoint, you can also change the border by clicking Shape Outline on the Home tab.
  • In Project, right-click the text box or shape, click Properties, and use the controls on the Line & Fill tab to change the border color.

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Change the weight of a text box or shape border

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

Shape Outline menu

If you don't see the Format tab, make sure you've selected the text box or shape.


 Notes 

  • To create a custom line weight, do the following:
    1. Select the text box or shape.
    2. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Weight, and then select More Lines.
    3. In the Format Shape dialog box, under Line Style, in the Width box, type the weight that you want.
  • You can also right-click the shape, click the Shape Outline icon, and then click No Outline.
  • In PowerPoint, you can also change the border by clicking Shape Outline on the Home tab.
  • In Project, right-click the text box or shape, click Properties, and on the Line & Fill tab, select a width from the Line list.

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Change the style of a text box or shape border

These commands aren't available for Project.

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  1. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then click the border style you want.

Shape Outline menu

If you don't see Format tab, make sure you've selected the text box or shape.


 Notes 

  • To create a custom line style, do the following:
    1. Select the text box or shape.
    2. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then select More Lines.
    3. In the Format Shape dialog box, under Line Style, select the line style options that you want.
  • You can also right-click the shape, click the Shape Outline icon, and then click No Outline.
  • In PowerPoint, you can also change the border by clicking Shape Outline on the Home tab.

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Applies to:
Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Word 2013