How to Create Borders for Word Documents

If you are looking for ways to add page borders for Word documents, then you are likely trying to visually improve your Microsoft Word documents so that they stand out among a sea of documents that consist only of black text on a white background.

Microsoft understood that many of its Word users would need to make their documents look better, so they provided a way for you to add borders for Word documents.

This addition to Microsoft’s word processing software did not stop there, as the amount of page borders in Microsoft Word is truly astounding when you consider the designs that are possible through combinations of styles, colors, widths and art.

Sometimes the layout of your document can be dramatically affected by formatting choices. Our how to delete section break in Word guide can show you how to remove one of those formatting settings.

How to Make a Microsoft Word Document Border

In Microsoft Word 2010, the menu that you use to add borders for Word documents is located on the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.

borders for word documents - page layout tab

Once you have clicked the Page Layout tab, you will notice that the Ribbon, or the horizontal navigation menu at the top of the window, has changed to include a new set of options. Among these options is a Page Background section, which includes the menu that you will use to add borders for Word documents.

open the borders for word documents menu from the page background section

Click the Page Borders icon in the Page Background section of the Ribbon, which will launch a pop-up window on top of the Microsoft Word window. At the top of this pop-up window are three tabs that contain the options you will need to apply borders to your paragraphs or your entire document. If you only want to apply borders to your paragraphs, then click the Borders tab at the top of the window. If you want to apply borders to the entire page, click the Page Borders tab. If you do not know what you want, then here is an example of a document with a paragraph border:

borders for word documents - paragraph borders

and here is an example of an entire document with borders:

borders for word documents - page border example

The process for adding paragraph borders for Word documents or document borders for Word documents is very similar, so once you can do one of them, you can do both of them.

How to Make a Paragraph Border in Microsoft Word

If you want to add paragraph borders to your Word document, then you need to select a border setting from the Settings column at the left side of the menu.

paragraph borders for word documents - settings option

You then need to select a Style, Color and Width option from the center column.

options for paragraph borders for word documents

Finally, click the Options button at the bottom of the right column, then specify the distances of the borders from your text. When you have finished customizing your paragraph borders, click the OK button to close the Border and Shading Options window, then click the OK button to close the Borders and Shading window.

margin options for your paragraph borders for word documents

How to Add a Border to an Entire Document in Word

The entire process is very similar when you want to add a page border to your Word document instead of a paragraph border. Confirm that the Page Border tab is selected at the top of the window, then select a border setting from the Settings column at the left side of the window.

settings option for page borders for word documents

Select Style, Color, Width and Art options from the center column

specify the options for your page borders for word documents

Then click the Options button at the bottom of the right column to specify the margins for your border. Once you have specified your margins, click the OK button at the bottom of each open window to apply your changes.

margin options for page borders for word documents

For additional information about configuring your borders in Microsoft Word, check out this article on Microsoft Word 2010 page borders.

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