How to Add a Border Around a Paper With Microsoft Word

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How to Add a Border Around a Paper With Microsoft Word
Enliven your document with a page border. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Decorating your informal document, such as a birthday card or letter, with a page border can liven up your design. Microsoft Word includes an option to create a customisable page border surrounding the margins of your document. The feature, found in the Borders and Shading dialogue box, lets you choose multiple formatting characteristics of the border, such as width, colour and style. Avoid page borders in formal papers, such as proposals or essays, as this may seem unprofessional.

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  1. 1

    Open the Word document in which you want to insert a border.

  2. 2

    Click "Page Layout" at the top of the program.

  3. 3

    Click the "Page Borders" option in the centre of the ribbon. The Borders and Shading window opens.

  4. 4

    Click a page border design from the "Settings" area on the left. The design chooses the overall look of the border, such as a straight, shaded or 3-D line.

  5. 5

    Click a line style for the border in the "Style" section.

  6. 6

    Click a line colour in the "Color" menu below "Style." Leave the section "Automatic" to keep the border black.

  7. 7

    Click a border width in the "Width" section. You can choose from 1/2- to 6-point width.

  8. 8

    Remove the border from a side of the page if desired by clicking the border's line in the Preview section.

  9. 9

    Click "OK" to finish adding the border around your document.

Tips and warnings

  • Word 2003 users click "Borders and Shading" from the "Format" menu to access the Borders and Shading dialogue box. Click "Page Border" at the top of the dialogue box to access Page Border options.

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