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How To Create A Page Border in Microsoft Word

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Have you ever seen a flyer that has a neat border and wondered how they made that? Well, Microsoft Word has a feature that creates these borders. You can apply a single line border, a multiline border, as well as a picture border.

Click the Page Borders button on the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group.

You can also access Page Borders through the Page Setup on the Layout tab.

Lines Page Border

Line Page Borders
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You can apply a simple line border or a more complex line style to your document. These line borders can give your document a professional appearance.
  1. Click Box in the Settings section if it is not already selected. This will apply the border to the entire page. If you only want the border in a certain location, such as the top and the bottom of the pages, click Custom.
  2. Select a Line Style from the Style section in the middle of the screen
  3. Scroll down through the list to view different line styles.
  4. Select a Line Color from the Color drop-down menu.
  5. Select a Line Width from the Width menu.
  6. To customize where the border appears, click the appropriate button on the Preview section or click on the border itself on the Preview image. This toggles the border off and on.
  7. Select which pages to apply the border to in the Apply To drop-down menu. While this list varies depending on what is in your document, common choices include Whole Document, This Page, Selected Section, and This Point Forward.
  8. Click OK. The line border is applied to your document.

Art Page Borders

Page Border Art
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Microsoft Word has built-in art that you can use as a page border. Not only are there fun images, such as candy corn, cupcakes, and hearts, there is also art deco styles, push pins, and scissors cutting a dotted line.
  1. Click Box in the Settings section if it is not already selected. This will apply the border to the entire page. If you only want the border in a certain location, such as the top and the bottom of the pages, click Custom.
  2. Select a Art Style from the Style section in the middle of the screen.
  3. Scroll down through the list to view different art styles.
  4. Click on the art you want to use.
  5. If using a black and white art border, select an Art Color from the Color drop-down menu.
  6. Select an Art Width from the Width menu.
  7. To customize where the border appears, click the appropriate button on the Preview section or click on the border itself on the Preview image. This toggles the border off and on.
  8. Select which pages to apply the border to in the Apply To drop-down menu. While this list varies depending on what is in your document, common choices include Whole Document, This Page, Selected Section, and This Point Forward.
  9. Click OK. The art border is applied to your document.

Modify the Page Border Margins

Page Border Margins
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Sometimes the page borders just do not seem to line up where you want them to appear. To fix that, you need to adjust how far from the page margins or from the text.
  1. Select your Line Style or Art Style and adjust the colors and widths. Also, if you are applying the border to just one or two sections, customize where the border appears.
  2. Select which pages to apply the border to in the Apply To drop-down menu. While this list varies depending on what is in your document, common choices include Whole Document, This Page, Selected Section, and This Point Forward.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click in each margin field and enter the new margin size. You can also click on the up and down arrows to the right of each field.
  5. Select Edge of Page or Text from the Measure From drop-down menu.
  6. Unselect Always Display in Front to have the page border appear behind any overlapping text, if desired.
  7. Click OK to return to the Page Border screen.
  8. Click OK . The border and border margin is applied to your document.

Give it a Try!

Now that you have seen just how easy it is to add a page border in Microsoft Word, give it a try the next time you want to make a fancy handout, party invitation, or announcement.

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