Add or remove a border on a text box, shape, or SmartArt graphic

Shape Outline lets you choose the color, thickness, or style of the outside border of a text box, shape, or SmartArt graphic. By setting the border to No Outline, you remove the border altogether.

Note: If you're changing the border of a SmartArt graphic, select the graphic, and find Shape Outline on the Format tab.

Set the line thickness

  1. Select the text box or shape border.

    If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  2. Go to Format > Shape Outline, point to Weight, and then choose a thickness.

    Shape Outline menu

    If you don't see the Format tab, make sure you've selected the text box or shape.

    Note: If you don't see the thickness you want, select More Lines, and set the thickness you want in the Width box.

  1. Select the text box or shape.

    If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  2. Click the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then click the style you want.

    Shape Outline menu

    If you don't see Format tab, make sure you've selected the text box or shape.

  1. Select the text box or shape.

  2. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then select More Lines.

  3. In the Format Shape pane, under Line, select the line style options that you want.

  1. Select the text box or shape.

    If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  2. On the Format tab, click Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

    Shape Outline menu

See also

Add, change, or delete borders from documents or pictures

Add a fill or effect to a shape or text box

Apply or remove cell borders on a worksheet

Remove a text box

  1. Select the text box or shape.

    If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

    The Shape Styles group on the Format tab.

    If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected the text box or shape. You might have to double-click the text box or shape to open the Format tab.

    Shape Outline menu

Note: If you don't see the thickness you want, select More Lines, and set the thickness you want in the Width box.

  1. Select the text box or shape.

    If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then click the border style that you want.

    the shape styles group on the format tab.

    If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected the text box or shape. You might have to double-click the text box or shape to open the Format tab.

    Shape Outline menu

  1. Select the text box or shape.

  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, click Shape Outline, point to Dashes, and then select More Lines.

  3. In the Format Shape dialog box, under Line Style, select the line style options that you want.

  1. Select the text box or shape border that you want to remove.

    If you want to change multiple text boxes or shapes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other text boxes or shapes.

  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

    Under Drawing Tools, the Format tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

    If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you have selected the text box or shape. You might have to double-click the text box or shape to open the Format tab.

    Shape Outline menu

See also

Add a fill or effect to a shape or text box

Add, change, or delete borders from documents or pictures

Add, copy, or delete a text box

Apply or remove cell borders on a worksheet

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