Add, change, or delete borders from documents or pictures

Borders can add interest and emphasis to various parts of your document or email message. You can add borders to pages, text, tables and table cells, graphic objects, and pictures.

What would you like to do?

You can put a border around just one page if that page is at the beginning of a document or a section. If the page is in the middle of your document, first insert a section break.

  1. On the Design tab, choose Page Borders.

    Page Borders button

  2. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, design your border:

    1. Under Setting, choose the border style you want.

    2. Under Style, choose the line style you want.

    3. In the Color list, choose a border color.

    4. In the Width list, choose the line width you want.

    5. If you want a clip-art border instead, in the Art list, choose a border graphic.

      Setting options for page borders

  3. In the Apply to list, choose This section - First page only.

    List for choosing which pages show the border

    Tip: This setting also works if you’re adding the border to the first page in your document.

  4. In the Preview pane, click the border you want to delete.

    Preview box to show page borders

    Tip: To change where the border appears on the page, choose Options and adjust the margin settings.

If you’ve added a page border in your document, you can remove it by changing the page border setting to None.

  1. On the Design tab, choose Page Borders.

    Page Borders button

  2. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, in the Apply to list, choose the page (or pages) you want to remove the border from.

  3. Under Setting, choose None.

    Page border settings dialog box

You can use the Border Styles gallery to add a border to your table.

  1. Click inside your table, and then click the Table Move Handle to select the table.

    A table showing the table move handle

    Notes: The Table Tools Design tab appears.

    Locate Table Tools

  2. In the Borders group, choose the Border Styles list, and then choose a border theme.

    Table border styles

  3. In the Borders list, choose where you want to add borders.

    Table border location

    Tip: To change or add borders for part of your table, choose Border Painter and then click each border in the table that you want to change or add. Word applies the border style you’ve already chosen, and you don’t need to select the table first.

    Border Painter command

When you add a table to a document, it’s automatically given a plain black border around the entire table and every cell within it. Even if you’ve added other borders to the table, you can remove all or some of the borders.

  1. Click inside your table and the table move handle Four-headed arrow handle appears in the upper-left corner.

  2. On the Table Tools Design tab, choose Borders.

    Table Tools Border button

  3. Click No Border:

    Remove border from text

  1. Select the cells whose borders you want to remove by dragging your mouse across them.

  2. On the Table Tools Design tab, choose Borders, and then make your selection.

    Table border location

  1. Click inside your table.

  2. Click Table Tools > Design > Line Style > No Border. Your cursor becomes a paintbrush that you can drag along each border you want to erase.

    Border line style

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. Choose the image that you want to add a border to.

  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, in the Pictures Styles gallery, choose a style.

    Tips: Choose More to view additional styles in the gallery.

    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 that you want to add a customized border to.

  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, choose Picture Border.

    Picture Border command on the Picture Tools Format tab

  3. Choose a color.

    Picture border options

  4. Choose one of the following:

    • In the Weight list, choose a border width.

    • In the Dashes list, choose a line style.

The way you remove a picture border depends on whether it’s a picture style or a custom border.

  1. Choose the picture you want to remove a border from.

  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, do one of the following:

    Location of Picture Tools

    • If the border is an outline, in the Picture Border list, choose No Outline.

    • If the border is a style and you know which style it is, In the Picture Effects list, choose the style that's applied, then choose No (style). For example, to remove a shadow, click Picture Effects > Shadow > No Shadow.

    • If you aren’t sure what style is applied, you can reset the picture, but resetting also will remove any other changes you’ve made. In the Adjust group, choose Reset.

      Reset Picture command

Remove a custom border

  1. Choose the picture you want to remove a customer border from.

  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, in the Picture Border list, choose No Outline.

    Remove outline form a picture

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. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, in the Borders list, choose a border option.

    Add a border to some text

    Button

    Name

    What it does

    Buttom image

    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.

    Button image

    Top Border

    Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the top.

    Button image

    Left Border

    Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the left.

    Button image

    Right Border

    Same as Bottom Border, but applies to the right.

    Button image

    No Border

    Removes borders from the selection.

    Button image

    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.

    Button image

    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.

    Button image

    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.

    Button image

    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.

    Button image

    Inside Vertical Borders

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

    Button image

    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.

    Button image

    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.

    Button image

    Horizontal Line

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

    Button image

    Draw Table

    Draw a table using your cursor.

    Button image

    View Gridlines

    Displays cell boundaries in tables that have no borders applied.

    Button image

    Borders and Shading

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

  1. Select all the text inside the border.

  2. On the Home, in the Paragraph group, open the Borders list.

    Add a border to some text

  3. Choose No Border.

    Remove border from text

  1. Select all the text inside the border.

  2. On the Home, in the Paragraph group, open the Borders list.

    Add a border to some text

  3. In the list of borders, click each border side you want to remove.

Note: If the border’s around a single word, the whole border disappears.

What would you like to do?

You can add a border to any or all sides of each page in a document, to pages in a section, to the first page only, or to all pages except the first. You can add page borders in many line styles and colors as well as a variety of graphical borders.

Page with a graphical border

You can set apart text from the rest of a document by adding borders.

Text with borders and shading

You can add borders to a table or individual table cell.

Table with automatic formatting

You can add borders to drawing objects and pictures. You can change or format the border of an object in the same way that you change or format a line.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Borders.

    Word 2010 Page Border tab of Borders and Shading dialog box

    Make sure you're on the Page Border tab in the Borders and Shading dialog box.

  2. Click one of the border options under Settings.

    Note: To specify that the border appears on a particular side of a page, such as only at the top, click Custom under Setting. Under Preview, click where you want the border to appear.

  3. Select the style, color, and width of the border.

    Note: To specify an artistic border, such as trees, select an option in the Art box.

  4. Do any of the following:

    • To specify a particular page or section for the border to appear in, click the option that you want under Apply to.

    • To specify the exact position of the border on the page, click Options, and then select the options that you want.

Note: You can see the page borders on your screen by viewing your document in Print Layout view.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Borders.

    Word 2010 Page Borders button

    Notes: Make sure you're on the Page Border tab in the Borders and Shading dialog box.

    Word 2010 Page Border tab of Borders and Shading dialog box

  2. Change any options that you want, and then click OK.

Note: You can see the page borders on your screen by viewing your document in Print Layout view.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Borders.

    Word 2010 Page Border tab of Borders and Shading dialog box

  2. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, on the Page Border tab, under Setting, choose None.

Note: To remove the border from only one edge of the document—for example, to remove all but the top border—click the borders that you want to remove in the diagram under Preview.

  1. Select the picture, table, or text that you want to apply a border to.

    To apply a border to specific table cells, select the cells, including the end-of-cell marks.

    select cells and end-of-cell marks

    Note: Press Ctrl+* to turn on Show/Hide paragraph marks and view the end-of-cell marks.

  2. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Borders.

    Word 2010 Page Borders button

  3. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, on the Borders tab, choose one of the border options under Settings.

    Word 2010 Borders and Shading dialog box

  4. Select the style, color, and width of the border.

  5. Do any of the following:

    • To place borders only on particular sides of the selected area, click Custom under Setting. Under Preview, click the diagram's sides, or click the buttons to apply and remove borders.

    • To specify the exact position of a paragraph border relative to the text, click Paragraph under Apply to, click Options, and then select the options that you want.

    • To specify a cell or table that you want the border to appear in, click the option that you want under Apply to.

  1. Select the text, picture, or table whose border you want to change.

    If you want to change a border on specific table cells, select the cells, including the end-of-cell marks.

    Note: Press Ctrl+* to turn on Show/Hide paragraph marks and view the end-of-cell marks.

  2. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Borders.

    Word 2010 Page Borders button

  3. Click the Borders tab, and change any options that you want.

  1. Select the text, picture, or table whose border you want to remove.

    If you want to remove a border from specific table cells, select the cells, including the end-of-cell marks.

    Note: Press Ctrl+* to turn on Show/Hide paragraph marks and view the end-of-cell marks.

  2. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Borders.

    Word Ribbon Image

  3. Click the Borders tab.

  4. Under Setting, click None.

Note:  To add a border to a drawing object, you must place the drawing object in a drawing canvas.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the Shapes list, and then click New Drawing Canvas.

    Word 2010 New Drawing Canvas option

  2. Right-click the drawing canvas, and then click Format Drawing Canvas on the shortcut menu.

  3. On the Colors and Lines tab, under Line, choose a color, line style, and line weight.

  4. Add any drawing objects that you want to the drawing canvas.

  1. Right-click the drawing canvas with the border that you want to change, and then click Format Drawing Canvas on the shortcut menu.

  2. On the Colors and Lines tab, under Line, change the color, line style, and line weight.

  1. Select the object with a border you want to remove.

  2. Right-click the drawing canvas, and then click Format Drawing Canvas on the shortcut menu.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • For Word 2010, under Line Color, select No Line, and under Line Style, clear all selections.

    • For Word 2007, on the Colors and Lines tab, under Line, click No Color.

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