Add a border to a picture

Adding borders to the pictures in your documents can make them stand out, and can give the document a more polished look. How plain or fancy the borders are is up to you.

The Picture Styles gallery offers many preset styles that make it easy for you to add a special sort of border with one click.

  1. Click the image to select it.

  2. Click the Picture Tools Format tab.

Location of Picture Tools

  1. In the Picture Styles gallery, click the border style you want. To see all the styles, click the More button.

Picture Styles Gallery

Customize your picture’s border

If you’d rather completely customize your border, you can choose the border color, the border width, and line style.

  1. Click the image to select it.

  2. Click the Picture Tools Format tab.

  3. Click the arrow next to Picture Border:

Picture Border command on the Picture Tools Format tab

  1. Click the color you want, or click More Outline Colors to see more choices.

Picture border options

  1. Click the arrow next to Picture Border again, click Weight, and choose a border width.

  2. To use a dashed or dotted line, click the arrow next to Picture Border, click Dashes, and choose a line style.

How you choose to apply a border to your picture is up to you; you can change it at any time and you can always remove the picture's border entirely.

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