How to insert a border in open office

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How to insert a border in open office
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OpenOffice is an open source word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. Like Word, you can choose to include page numbers, special formatting, and borders into documents. When creating a border, you are able to customise its thickness, colour, and position on a page. Borders can appear all around your document, on the sides, and they can be vertical or horizontal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Select "Format" from the top of the document and click "Paragraph." Select "Borders" to open the pop-up dialogue. Beneath the "Default" header, you can select a default border to use for your document. If you do not want a default border, create a custom border in the "User-defined" area by clicking on it. You can select the top, bottom, left, or right border edge, and you can select up to two border edges at once.

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    Select the desired thickness and colour of your border beneath the "Line" header. If you are creating a custom border, select another border edge from the "User-defined" area and repeat this step until you have defined the thickness of each border edge, as well as a colour for each border edge.

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    Select how closely you want the border to be positioned to the content of your page beneath the "Spacing to contents" header. Click "OK" when you are satisfied with the spacing. You will now have a border on your document.

Tips and warnings

  • Beneath "Shadow style" in the "Borders" pop-up dialogue, you can select a shadow for your border. These shadows can be located above, below, or next to your border. You can set the colour of a shadow beneath the "Shadow style" header. Open the "Color" drop-down menu to pick a colour for the shadow. The shadow does not have to be the same colour as the border.
  • Selecting "Merge with next paragraph" beneath the "Properties" header in the "Borders" dialogue will cause the border to expand with your document.
  • To cancel a border or restart it, go to "Format" and "Paragraph." Select "Borders" and click "Restart" at the bottom. If you desire, you can create another border. Otherwise, leave the setting alone after this and you will no longer have a border on your document.

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