Add borders to text boxes, pictures, and other objects

Which Office program are you using?

Word

PowerPoint

Excel

Word

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.

  1. 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.

See also

Change or remove borders from text boxes or shapes

Change or remove borders from pictures

Add, change, or remove page borders

PowerPoint

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.

  1. 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.

See also

Change or remove borders from text boxes or shapes

Change or remove borders from pictures

Excel

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

Change or remove borders from text boxes or shapes

Change or remove borders from pictures

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