How to Remove the Border Around a Text Box in Word 2007

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How to Remove the Border Around a Text Box in Word 2007
Microsoft Word allows you to change or remove a text box border. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from

Microsoft Word, along with other Microsoft Office suite programs, provide the ability to create customisable text boxes in any document. The features allows you to set off pieces of information in a sectioned-off box of text. When you first create the box, by default, it comes with a thin, black border around it. Use the "Text Box Tools" to completely remove the border if you don't want it or change the colour, style or effect of the box border.

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  1. 1

    Open a Microsoft Word 2007 document containing a text box you want to change.

  2. 2

    Click the text box so that it is selected. Once selected, you'll see the "Format" tab underneath "Text Box Tools" appears on the Ribbon. Click the "Format" tab.

  3. 3

    In the "Text Box Styles" group, click "Shape Outline." Select "No Outline" to remove the text box border.

  4. 4

    Click the "Microsoft Office Button," then "Save" to save the changes you've made.

Tips and warnings

  • In Word 2007, text boxes are added using the "Insert" tab. In the "Text" group, click "Text Box," then "Draw Text Box." Click where you want to insert the box, then click and drag to draw a box in the size and shape you need.
  • Click inside a text box to add text to it. Format the text box by selecting the box, then clicking the "Format" tab on the Ribbon.

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