Add borders to text boxes, pictures, and other objects

Used sparingly, borders are a great way to get attention. Here’s how to add a line, pattern, or custom border to a text box, picture, or other object in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel for Mac.

Add a border to a shape or text box

  1. Select the shape or text box that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Shape Format tab, click the arrow next to the Shape Outline icon Shape outline icon .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weight, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

Add borders to a table

  1. Select the table that you want to add borders to.

  2. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    On the Table Design tab, click the arrow next to Borders, and then click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    On the Table Design tab, click the Line Weight  Line weight  menu and choose the thickness that you want the borders to be.

    Add a border of a specific style

    On the Table Design tab, click the Line Style  Line Style menu, and choose the line style that you want the borders to have.

  3. On the Table Design tab, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button , and then select or clear the table borders that you want.

Add a border to a picture

  1. Select the picture that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to the Picture Border icon  Shape outline icon .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weight, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

Add a border to a shape or text box

  1. Select the shape or text box that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Shape Format tab, click the arrow next to the Shape Outline icon Shape outline icon .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weight, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

Add borders to a table

  1. Select the table that you want to add borders to.

  2. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    On the Table Design tab, uclick the arrow next to Pen Color, and then either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    On the Table Design tab, click the Pen Weight  Line weight menu and choose the thickness that you want the borders to be.

    Add a border of a specific style

    On the Table Design tab, under Draw Borders, click the Pen Style  Line Style pop-up menu, and choose the line style that you want the borders to have.

  3. On the Table Design tab, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button , and then select or clear the table borders that you want.

Add a border to a picture

  1. Select the picture that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to the Picture Border icon Shape outline icon .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weight, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

Add a border to a shape or text box

  1. Select the shape or text box that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Shape Format tab, click the arrow next to the Shape Outline icon Shape outline icon .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weight, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

Add a border to a picture

  1. Select the picture that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Picture Format tab, click the arrow next to Picture Border  Picture Border .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Outline Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weight, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

Do any of the following:

Add a border to a shape or text box

  1. Select the shape or text box that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click Line.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weights, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashed, and then click the line style that you want.

Add borders to a table

  1. Select the table that you want to add borders to.

  2. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, click the arrow next to Lines, and then either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the Line Weight  Line weight  pop-up menu and choose the thickness that you want the borders to be.

    Add a border of a specific style

    On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the Line Style  Line Style pop-up menu, and choose the line style that you want the borders to have.

  3. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button and then select or clear the table borders that you want.

    Tables tab, Draw Borders group

Add a border to a picture

  1. Select the picture that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Format Picture tab, under Picture Styles, click the arrow next to Border  Borders button .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weights, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashed, and then click the line style that you want.

Do any of the following:

Add a border to a shape or text box

  1. Select the shape or text box that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click Line.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weights, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashed, and then click the line style that you want.

Add borders to a table

  1. Select the table that you want to add borders to.

  2. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    On the Tables tab, under Table Styles, click the arrow next to Lines, and then either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the Line Weight  Line weight  pop-up menu and choose the thickness that you want the borders to be.

    Add a border of a specific style

    On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the Line Style  Line Style pop-up menu, and choose the line style that you want the borders to have.

  3. On the Tables tab, under Draw Borders, click the arrow next to Borders  Borders button and then select or clear the table borders that you want.

    PowerPoint Tables tab, Draw Borders group

Add a border to a picture

  1. Select the picture that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Format Picture tab, under Picture Styles, click the arrow next to Border  Borders button .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weights, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashed, and then click the line style that you want.

Do any of the following:

Add a border to a shape or text box

  1. Select the shape or text box that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click Line.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weights, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashed, and then click the line style that you want.

Add a border to a picture

  1. Select the picture that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Format Picture tab, under Picture Styles, click the arrow next to Border  Borders button .

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add a colored border

    Either click the color that you want, or mix your own color by clicking More Colors.

    Add a border of a specific thickness

    Point to Weights, and then choose the line weight that you want.

    Add a border of a specific style

    Point to Dashed, and then click the line style that you want.

See also

Add, change, or remove a page border

Change or remove borders from text boxes or shapes

Change or remove borders from pictures

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