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How to Add a Fancy Border to a Word Document

Updated April 17, 2017

Many documents you create in Microsoft Word are best left plain and unadorned, like collage papers or legal documents. But others can often be greatly enhanced by adding borders, such as newsletters or brochures. Borders in a document help its creator emphasise certain points she wants to make sure the reader notices. They can also be used to brighten up an otherwise dull document, making it more interesting and lively.

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  1. Open Microsoft Word. Select "File" and click "Open." In the dialogue box that pops up, browse to the document you want to add a border to and open it. Alternatively, if the document is one you have just saved, you can find it under "Recent Files."

  2. Select the "Page Layout" tab from the top and click "Page Background." From the options choose "Page Borders." In the dialogue that pops up, click on the "Page Border" button to add the border to the entire page rather than just a part of it.

  3. Go to the "Settings" and choose from the presets the border style you would like to apply. You can then adjust these presets to your liking. You can also click on the "Art" button to use an image as the border graphic. When you are finished, click on Preview to judge the results. If you don't like them, you can go back and make changes.

  4. Select whether you want the border along all four sides, or only along some or just one. For example, you might want to use just a top and bottom border for a newsletter. Click "Apply To." Then click "OK."

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About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.

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