Add borders to text

Use the Borders button to add a border to text to set it apart or add emphasis. You can add borders to any side of the text or all sides to make a box.

  1. Place your cursor or select the text where you want to add a border.

  2. Click Home and then click the small down arrow next to the Borders button.
    Add a border to some text

  3. Choose an option.

Below is a summary of the options and what they do. Many of these also apply to adding a border to a table.

Button

Name

What it does

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Bottom Border

Creates a border below the paragraph or table cell at the cursor’s current location or below the selected paragraphs or cells. If you select a portion of text smaller than a paragraph, a box is created around the selection.

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Top Border

Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the top.

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Left Border

Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the left.

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Right Border

Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the right.

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No Border

Removes borders from the selection.

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All Borders

Creates a box around each paragraph for the selected text. If no text is selected, Word creates a box around the paragraph at the cursor’s current location. If you press Enter while typing in an All Borders text box, a new box appears for the new paragraph.

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Outside Borders

Creates a box around the selected text. If no text is selected, Word creates a box around the paragraph at the cursor’s current location. If you press Enter while typing in a paragraph with Outside Borders, the box expands to include the new paragraph.

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Inside Borders

Creates borders between the selected paragraphs. If no text is selected or if only one paragraph is selected, nothing happens. If you press Enter while typing in a paragraph with Inside Borders, a new border appears.

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Inside Horizontal Borders

For regular paragraphs, this does the same thing as Inside Borders. For a table, this adds borders between rows and not columns.

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Inside Vertical Borders

In a table, this adds borders between columns and not rows. For regular paragraphs, this doesn’t do anything.

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Diagonal Down Border

In a table, this adds a diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right of each cell. For regular paragraphs, this doesn’t do anything.

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Diagonal Up Border

In a table, this adds a diagonal line from the bottom left to the top right of each cell. For regular paragraphs, this doesn’t do anything.

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Horizontal Line

Inserts a horizontal line as a graphic below the cursor’s current location.

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Draw Table

Draw a table using your cursor.

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View Gridlines

Displays cell boundaries in tables that have no borders applied.

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Borders and Shading

Choose border formatting options such as line thickness, color, and style.

You can also add a border to a picture or add a border to a page.

Applies To: Outlook 2013, Word 2013, PowerPoint 2013



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