Format borders in Word for Mac

Borders make attractive frames for text, pictures, or entire pages. You can customize borders to complement your document by experimenting with Word’s built-in styles.

Format text borders

First you add the text border, then you format it.

Note: To add a border to text, select the text. On the Home tab, click the small down arrow next to the Borders button, and choose an option. To learn more, see Add a border to some text.

  1. On the Home tab, click the arrow next to Borders , and then click Borders and Shading.

    On the Home tab, the Borders icon and Borders and Shading are highlighed.

  2. In the Borders and Shading box (on the Borders tab), choose a border style, color, and line width.

    The Border tab in the Borders and Shading box is shown.

    Note: Make sure the Apply to box is set to Text, which adds a border around lines of text, or Paragraph, which creates a border that outlines the paragraph.

  3. Also on the Borders tab, under Setting, make sure Box or another option is selected.

  4. Click OK when finished.

You can change the border around your text at any time.

Format picture borders

For a quick preformatted border, click the picture, and then on the Picture Format tab, pick a border from the Picture Styles gallery.

On the Picture Format tab, the picture border gallery is highlighted.

Use the left and right arrows to move through the picture styles gallery.

To customize a gallery border or add a new custom border, follow these steps.

  1. Click the picture, and then click the arrow next to Picture Border.

    The Picture Format tab with Picture Border option highlighted.

  2. Choose the line color, weight, and line style for the new or existing border.

    The outline colors for a picture border are shown.

Format page borders

  1. Click Design > Page Borders

    On the Design tab, the Page Borders option is highlighted

  2. In the Borders and Shading box (on the Page Border tab), choose a style, color, and line width for your border, or use art such as trees, stars, or cats for the page border.

    Select the style, color, and width for the page border

    Under Apply to, choose what page (or pages) to add a border to.

    You always have the option to remove page borders from one or more pages.

  3. Click OK to close the dialog box.

More about adding borders

Add a border to some text

Add a border to a picture

Add a border to a page

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