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

Updated March 23, 2017

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

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

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

  5. Tip

    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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Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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