How to Add Microsoft Word Borders to Your Documents

Maddie Rehayem Maddie Rehayem  |  September 25, 2019

You’ve just typed up a document and you’re thinking to yourself—something’s missing here. 

Maybe you’re sending out birthday party invitations and want to add a bit of pizazz to incite excitement in your guests. Maybe you learned how to make a brochure, but not how to make it look polished and official. Or maybe your document contains important information that you want to highlight with a box around it. No matter you can learn how to do that in this article.

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How to create Microsoft Word borders

Borders make a nice finishing touch to Word documents of all sorts. We’ll show you how to add borders to content in your document (a great method for organization) as well as how to add borders to pages (a way to make documents appear either more professional or more fun).

Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to make and customize content borders in Word, or jump ahead for page borders.

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How to add borders to content in Word

You can add borders to any content in Word, whether it’s text or images. It’s easier to add borders to content you’ve already entered into your document, although you can edit content within a border too. Once you know what content you want to use a border on in your document, follow these instructions.

1. Select the content you want to add a border to

Use your cursor to highlight the text or image you would like to add a border to in your document.

select the content you want to add a border to

2. In the “Home” menu, click on the drop-down arrow next to the border icon

Make sure you are in the “Home” menu bar on the top of your screen, then click on the drop-down arrow next to the “Borders” icon (it looks like a square with four quadrants).

click on the drop down arrow next to the border icon

From there, you can select an option based on what kind of border you would like for your content. If you’re not sure which one to choose, experiment until you find the right border for your content.

experiment with different borders

Some options are:

All bordersall borders

Outside bordersoutside borders

Inside and right side borders

inside and right side borders

3. Adjust the border to your liking

If the border is too thick, or you’d like a color besides black, go back to the “Borders” drop-down menu and click on “Borders and Shading.” You can also access this menu from your desktop menu bar by clicking “Format” then “Borders and Shading”

click on borders and shading

A menu will pop up. Use it to adjust the border settings. In addition to adjusting the color, style, and thickness of the border, you can also add a 3-D or drop shadow effect from the “Borders” section of this menu.

borders and shading menu

If you’d like to fill in the box with a color, pattern, or tint, select “Shading” at the top of the “Borders and Shading” menu. From there, you can select a fill color and/or pattern. Experiment with it until you find something you like.

borders and shading menu-shading screen

Tip: Once you find the ideal settings for your border and click “OK,” those settings can be applied to any content in your document by selecting the content, then pressing the “Borders” icon button on the home menu bar.

You can get really creative with Microsoft Word borders.

get creative with borders

Adjust the border and shading settings to your heart’s desire. You’re a border pro now. If you’re thinking about adding a page border to your document, keep reading and we’ll show you how!

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How to add page borders in Word

Page borders are an easy way to emulate the look of custom stationery, so they come in handy for menus, invitations, flyers and more. Follow these simple steps to create and customize a page border in Word.

1. Open the “Borders and Shading” menu

First, you’ll need to open the “Borders and Shading” menu. Make sure you are in the “Home” menu bar, then click the drop-down arrow next to the border icon. You can also access this menu from your desktop menu bar by clicking “Format” then “Borders and Shading.”

open the borders and shading menu

2. Click on “Page Border”

From the “Borders and Shading” menu, click on “Page Border” at the top of the menu. This is the menu from which you can set and adjust page borders.

click on page border

3. Adjust the border to your liking

From the “Page Border” menu, you can adjust the page border to suit your needs. You can pick a basic linear design and adjust the color and width, or use one of Microsoft Word’s “Art” options. Explore and experiment with these settings until you achieve the border of your dreams.

page border examples

Borderline perfection

The trick to achieving the perfect Microsoft Word border is experimentation. It’s the best way to get a feel for all that borders can do. Don’t worry, if you mess up, just hit cmd/ctrl + Z and try again!

Add a little more flair to your document—learn how to draw in Word and how to double space in Word.


Maddie Rehayem

Maddie is a former Content Marketing Specialist for G2 focusing on management and corporate finance. She also has a passion for music and cats. (she/her/hers)

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