How to Put a Border Around Text in a 2007 Word Document

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How to Put a Border Around Text in a 2007 Word Document
You can apply borders to a single word, a sentence, a paragraph or a page in Word 2007. (daisy border image by Maria Bell from Fotolia.com)

In Word 2007, you can apply borders to a single word, a sentence, a paragraph or a page. If you're looking for ways to draw readers to an area of your page, using a border might help. You can use a text box to create a border around your text without retyping. Word's shapes give you a variety of border designs to use as well. Once you've added the border, simply customise its line, colour and background to match your theme.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the text or paragraph around which you want to put a border.

  2. 2

    Select the "Page Layout" tab. Then choose "Page Borders" from the "Page Background" group and go to the "Borders" tab.

  3. 3

    Choose "Box," "Shadow," or "3-D" for the "Setting." Then pick the style, colour and width you want to use. To apply the border to text, change "Apply to" to "Text." To apply it to a paragraph, choose "Paragraph."

  4. 4

    Select the "Shading" tab. To add a background colour, select a colour from "Fill." To add a pattern, choose a design from the "Patterns" section. Then click "OK."

  1. 1

    Select the text to which the border will be applied.

  2. 2

    Click on "Insert" and "Text Box."

  3. 3

    Choose "Draw Text Box" to apply a border to the selected text.

  1. 1

    Select "Insert" and "Shapes." Then pick the type of border you wish to use from "Basic Shapes," "Block Arrows," "Flowchart," "Callouts" or "Stars and Banners."

  2. 2

    Draw the shape on your page. Then right-click and select "Add Text."

  3. 3

    Highlight the text you want to move inside the shape. Then click the "Cut" button from the "Home" tab.

  4. 4

    Place your cursor within the shape. Select "Paste" from the "Home" tab to move your text into the shape.

  1. 1

    Select the shape or text box you want to format.

  2. 2

    Select "Format" and "Text Wrapping," and pick "Square" for the wrapping.

  3. 3

    Go to the "Text Box Styles" group in the "Format" tab. Select the shape fill colour and shape outline you want to use.

  4. 4

    Go to the "Shadow Effects" group in the "Format" tab. Expand "Shadow Effects" and choose an effect you want to apply to the border.

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