Add or remove borders for text boxes, pictures, and shapes

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, and other objects in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel for Mac.

Note: If you didn't add the border to the shape, text box, picture, or other object in Mac Office, you can't change or remove the border for the object.

Add or remove a border for a shape or text box

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

  2. Click Shape Format, and then click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

    Clcik the Shape Outline icon

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add or change the color of the border

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

    Add or change the thickness of the border

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

    Add or change the style of the border

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

    Remove the border from the shape or text box

    Click No Outline.

Add or remove a picture border

  1. Select the picture to which you want to add or remove a border.

  2. Click Picture Format, and then click the arrow next to Picture Border.

    Click the Picture Outline icon

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add or change the color of the border

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

    Add or change the thickness of the border

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

    Add or change the style of the border

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

    Remove the border from the picture

    Click No Outline.

Add or remove a border for a shape or text box

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

  2. Click Shape Format, and then click the arrow next to Shape Outline .

    Click the Shape Outline icon

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add or change the color of the border

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

    Add or change the thickness of the border

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

    Add or change the style of the border

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

    Remove the border from the shape or text box

    Click No Outline.

Add or remove a picture border

  1. Select the picture whose border you want to add or remove.

  2. Click Picture Format, and then click the arrow next to Picture Border.

    Click the Picture Outline icon

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add or change the color of the border

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

    Add or change the thickness of the border.

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

    Add or change the style of the border

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

    Remove the border from the picture

    Click No Outline.

Add or remove a border for a shape or text box

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

  2. Click Shape Format, and then click the arrow next to the Shape Outline.

    Click the Shape Outline icon

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add or change the color of the border

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

    Add or change the thickness of the border

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

    Add or change the style of the border

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

    Remove the border from the shape or text box

    Click No Outline.

Add or remove a picture border

  1. Select the picture whose border you want to add or remove.

  2. Click Picture Format, and then click the arrow next to Picture Border.

    Click the Picture Border icon

  3. Do any of the following:

    To

    Do This

    Add or change the color of the border

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

    Add or change the thickness of the border

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

    Add or change the style of the border

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

    Remove the border from the picture

    Click No Outline.

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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