Add a border to a slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

There are two ways to add a border to a PowerPoint slide. You can create a simple border by drawing an unfilled shape on your slide and editing the line style, thickness, and color of the line. To create a more elaborate border, consider the variety of border images available on the Web. You can insert one on a slide and then rotate or resize it.

Create a simple border

  1. Select the slide you want and click Insert > Shapes > Rectangle.

    Tip: To add a border to all your slides, edit the Slide Master.

  2. Click and drag to draw the rectangle so it almost fills the slide.

  3. In the Shape Format tab, click Format Pane.

    PowerPoint for Mac Shape Format tab
  4. In the Shape Options pane at the right, under Fill, click No Fill.

    Select No Fill under Shape Options
  5. In the Format Shape pane, under Line, set the color and line style you want.

    Set the color and line style you want

Create a more elaborate border using Bing Images

  1. Search for slide borders on Bing.

    Important: Bing gives you access to thousands of Creative Commons licensed images on the Web . Remember, you're responsible for respecting the rights of others' property, including copyright.

  2. Ctrl+click the image you want and click Save Image As to download it.

  3. In PowerPoint, click Design > Format Background.

    Format Background on the Design tab
  4. In the Format background pane at the right, click Fill > Picture or texture fill.

    Picture Fill option in the Format Background pane
  5. Under Insert picture from, click File, browse for the border you downloaded, and click Insert.

  6. If the picture you loaded doesn't fit your slide, make sure all of the offset values in the Format background pane are set to zero percent (0%).

    Offset values in Format Background pane
  7. If you want to use this border for all your slides, click Apply to All.

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