How to Create a Page Border in Microsoft Word

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Adding a page border to your document can be a subtle way to make your Microsoft Word documents stand out. You can customize the style, thickness and number of pages for a border to apply to your Word document.

Adding a page border in Microsoft Word

The creation of a page border in Microsoft Word will depend on your version of Microsoft Office. For Office 365 and Office 2019, open a Word document and click the “Design” tab in the ribbon.

If you have an older version of Office, click the “Layout” or “Layout” tab instead.

From there, click the “Page Borders” button in the “Page Background” section of the ribbon.

Depending on your version of Word, click the Design or Layout / Layout tab, then click Page Borders

By default, the “Borders and shading” box that opens must by default be on the “Page border” tab. If not, click this tab to enter your border settings.

Click “Box” to add a typical box border to your document. You can use the default border style, color and width, or change these settings in the various drop-down menus.

Click “OK” to apply the page border to your Word document.

In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select Box, choose your color, style and width options, then click OK to apply it to your document.

By default, this border style is ten applied to each page.

Your document editing view will be updated to show the new border applied.

A page border applied to a Microsoft Word document

Other page border styles and formatting

The box page size is the default style, but you can use other border styles and formatting options instead.

The border of the box is the most basic, adding a continuous line without shadow to your page. Even this can be personalized with different types of lines, widths and colors.

Custom page border settings and styles

Other than the box border, you can also apply a border with a shadow, a “3D” style border and a custom border with mix and match options for each side.

To do this, select one of the options in the “Parameters” section of the “Page border” tab of the “Borders and shading” dialog box. The style you have chosen will appear for you to review in the “Preview” section before applying it to your document.

Application or removal of individual border lines

If you want to apply or remove individual border lines from your document (for example, remove the bottom border of a page), you can do so from the “Preview” section.

If a border is applied, click on the border line to remove it. To reapply it, click on the line to make it reappear.

In your Microsoft Word page border settings, click the individual border lines in the Preview sections to add / remove each line

Applying custom border lines

By clicking on individual border lines in the “Preview” section, you can also apply different styles to different lines when the “Custom” border setting is selected.

To do this, click on the “Custom” button in the “Parameters” column, select a line style from the “Style” drop-down menu, then click on one of the border lines in the “Preview” box.

In the page border options for Microsoft Word, select Custom, select your formatting, then click one of the border lines in the Preview section to apply it

Changing the width and color of the borders

You can make your border stand out with different colors and border widths. A wider border width will make your border more visible in your document.

The border widths start at 1/4 pts and go up to 6 pts. A preview of the selected border width appears in the “Preview” section. You can select any color you choose, either from the predefined options or using the RGB color chart.

To change the width or color of the border, select the options chosen from the “Color” and “Width” drop-down menus. If the “Custom” border setting is applied, you will need to click on each border line in the “Preview” section to apply the chosen settings to those lines.

To change the width or color of the border in Microsoft Word, select the options from the Color and Width drop-down menus in the Page Border options menu.

Adding a border to a single page

Microsoft Word generally applies border styles to each page, but you can apply a page border to an individual page or exclude certain pages such as your home page.

To do this, go to the “Page border” parameters menu (Layout / Design / Page layout> Page borders) and click on the “Apply to” drop-down menu.

If you want to apply a border to an individual page, make sure you are active on that page in the Word document before accessing the menu.

In the “Apply to” drop-down menu, select “This section” to apply it to the page you are currently on. To apply your border to the first page only, select “This section – First page only” or, to apply it to all pages except the first page, select “This section – Everything except the first page” instead.

Click “OK” to save when you are ready. This will then apply the border of your page to the pages you specified, rather than the entire document.

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