Add, change, or remove a border in Publisher

In Publisher, you can add a border of any color or thickness, a pre-designed border, or a custom border to a page, text box, AutoShape, or picture in your publication. If the page, text box, AutoShape, picture, or group of items already has a border, you can change or remove it.

Add a border to a page

  Before you add a border, make sure that all sides of the border are within your printer's printable region. Not all printers print to the edge of the page. To determine your printer's nonprintable region, click File > Print and select the printer you want to use. Hover over the Printer info icon (the ?) to see details about your printer’s status, including margin values.

Note   To add a border to all the pages in your publication, add the border to a master page, and then apply the master page to the pages in your publication.

  1. On the page where you want to add a border, click Home > Shapes.

  2. In the Basic Shapes section click Rectangle Button image, and then drag your mouse to draw a rectangle in the size you want.

  3. Right-click the rectangle, and then select Format Autoshape.

  4. Click Colors and Lines and do one of the following:

    • Add a line border of any color or width (Under Line, choose the color and line options you want).

      Note    Be sure that the Shape Fill is set to No Fill or your page will be completely filled with the fill color.

    • Add a pre-designed pattern border (Click Border Art and choose a border from the Available Borders list).

    • Add a custom border from picture file, a scanned photograph or other bitmap, or a picture that you created in a drawing program (Click Border Art > Create Custom > Select Picture, search for a picture and follow the prompts).

      Note    The picture file that you use for a custom border must be smaller than 64 KB in size and can't include any text.

    • Add a clip art border (Click Insert > Clip Art (Publisher 2010), or Online Pictures (Publisher 2013 or 2016), type page borders into the search box and follow the prompts).

      When you search for clip art and pictures online, you'll be directed to Bing. You're responsible for respecting copyright, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use.

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Add a border to a text box, an AutoShape, a picture, or an object

  1. Right-click the text box, AutoShape, picture, or object to which you want to add the border.

  2. Select the appropriate Format <object> menu item.

  3. Click the Colors and Lines tab and do one of the following:

    • Add a line border of any color or width (Under Line, choose the color and line style options you want).

    • Add a pre-designed pattern border (Click BorderArt and choose a border from the Available Borders list).

    • Add a custom border from picture file, a scanned photograph or other bitmap, or a picture that you created in a drawing program (Click Border Art > Create Custom > Select Picture, search for a picture and follow the prompts).

      Note    The picture file that you use for a custom border must be smaller than 64 KB in size and can't include any text.

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Add a border to a group of objects

To add a border to a group of objects, draw a rectangle around the objects, and then add the line or pre-designed border you want.

  1. On the page where you want to add your border, click Home > Shapes.

  2. In the Basic Shapes section click Rectangle Button image, and then drag your mouse to draw a rectangle in the size you want.

  3. Right-click on the rectangle, and then select Format Autoshape.

  4. Click the Colors and Lines tab and do one of the following:

    • Add a line border of any color or width (Under Line, choose the color and line style options you want).

    • Add a pre-designed pattern border (Click BorderArt and choose a border from the Available Borders list).

    • Add a custom border from picture file, a scanned photograph or other bitmap, or a picture that you created in a drawing program (Click Border Art > Create Custom > Select Picture, search for a picture and follow the prompts).

      Note    The picture file that you use for a custom border must be smaller than 64 KB in size and can't include any text.

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Modify a border to minimize overlapping contents

Publisher can add border art or lines to a text box, picture frame, or a rectangle shape, so that the thicker you make the border art or line, the less room you have for pictures or text. If the border is covering text or objects on your page, try one or more of the following:

Draw the border line on the frame instead of inside the frame

To add the border equally to both the inside and the outside of a rectangle, rather than to the inside only, clear the Draw border inside frame check box. This will help to prevent the border from overlapping objects that are located inside of the rectangle.

  1. Right-click the rectangle, and then select Format Autoshape.

  2. Click the Colors and Lines tab and then clear the Draw border inside frame check box.

Apply border art at proportionate sizes

To resize the border proportionate to its size in relation to the entire page, clear the Always apply at default size check box. This will help to prevent the border from overlapping objects that are located inside of the rectangle.

  1. Right-click the rectangle, and then select Format Autoshape.

  2. Click the Colors and Lines tab and then click BorderArt.

  3. In the BorderArt dialog box, clear the Always apply at default size check box.

Reduce the line width of the border

  1. Select the rectangle that has the border that you want to change.

  2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Shape Outline.

  3. Select Weight Button image.

  4. Click the line width that you want. To see more options for line widths, click More Lines, and then select the value that you want in the Weight box.

Increase the size of the rectangle

  1. Click the rectangle to select it.

  2. Drag one of the sizing handles to resize the rectangle.

Notes   

  • To keep the center of the rectangle in the same place, hold down CTRL while you drag.

  • To maintain the rectangle's proportions, hold down SHIFT while you drag a corner handle.

  • To both maintain the rectangle's proportions and also keep its center in the same place, hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a corner handle.

  • To drag the rectangle across guides, such as margin guides, press ALT while you drag.

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Applies To: Publisher 2013, Publisher 2010



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