How to Apply a Custom Border to a Word Document

Written by aaron wein
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Adding a custom page border has always been an option in the previous Microsoft Word programs, and Word 2007 is no exception. Adding custom page borders is a similar process from Word 2003 with the exception of the new user interface Microsoft implemented in Word 2007. However, once you open the border dialogue box, you'll see a nearly identical set of border settings.

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    Click on the "Page Layout" tab. This opens a new set of buttons and options associated with page layout, including the ability to add custom borders.

  2. 2

    Highlight the text that you would like to create a border for. If you are making a border for the entire page, skip this step.

  3. 3

    Click on "Page Borders" in the Ribbon above the document. This opens a new window where you can create a border.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Page Border" tab if you're adding a border to the entire page. Select the "Border" tab if you're adding a border to text.

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    Click on the "Custom" option on the left side of the pane.

  6. 6

    Customise the border by clicking on a side of the border in the "Preview" section and selecting the "Style," "Color" and "Width" of the border. Repeat this step for each side to customise the border.

  7. 7

    Click "OK" when finished to close the border set-up window and create the border.

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