Inserting, Removing & Modifying Page Border In MS Word





Adding a page border to your document can be a subtle way to make your Microsoft Word file stand out. Moreover, you can also apply the page border in word according to your will by customizing the border’s style and thickness. This will allow you to surround a page with a clean or fancy border. You can also set a border to provide a shadow or 3D effect. Now if you are not about how to put page border in word then keep reading!

How to put border in Word

  1. Firstly, open the Microsoft Word window.
  2. Click on the Page Layout tab. In the 2013 and 2016 versions of Word, click on the Design tab instead.
  3. Then select the Page Borders option in the Page Background group
  4. Click on the Page Border tab in the Borders and Shading window
  5. Select the box if you wish to put a square border around your page.
  6. Select the Style of the border you want on your word page, which can be either solid, dotted, or dashed.
  7. Now, Select the Color and Width of your border. Alternatively, If you want to select artwork to use as the page border in word, click the down arrow from the Art drop-down menu.

Tip: If the page borders are applied to the whole document, it means that every page has the same border. By clicking the down arrow on Apply gives you the option to select the first page to apply the border. Once you’ve selected all the border options you want to use in your Word document, click the OK button to apply the page border in Microsoft Word.

Alternative page border styles and formatting

The box page border format is the default style, but there are numerous border styles and formatting options that are available for you to use. Instead of using the box border, you can go for a border with a shadow, a “3D” style border, or even a custom border with mix-and-match options for each side.

To do so, click one of the options from the “Setting” section in the “Page Border” tab of the “Borders and Shading” dialogue box. Your chosen border style will appear for you to review in the “Preview” section before you apply it to your word document.

How to add a page border in word to a certain page

When working with a word document, you can either add borders to all pages, or only the first page. But what if you want to add a border to the third page of the document?

Part I: Separate the particular page from other pages

Here we use the 3rd page as the example, but you can apply the same rule to any page or pages of your choice.

Step 1: Click at the very end of the second page of the document, and then click the “Layout” tab in the ribbon;

Step 2: Now Click on “Breaks”, then click on “Next Page” from the drop-down list to insert a “Section Break”;

Step 3: Click the very end of the third page, to add another section break repeat step 1 and 2. This will separate the third page from the second page and the following pages.

Part II: Add borders to the third page

Step 1: Move the cursor to the third page, and click on the “Design” tab from the ribbon;

Step 2: In the “Page Background” area click “Page Borders”;

Step 3: From the “Borders and Shading” window select the border type and click “Box” on the very left side to add borders together or click on the “Preview” area to add borders on any side. Select “This section” from the drop-down list from the “Apply to” box; 

Step 4: Click “OK” to finish the process.

Modify a border

Now that you are aware of the steps on how to put page border in word if you want to modify it you can do so by following the below steps.

  • Open Microsoft Word on your laptop/PC.
  • Click on the Page Layout tab. For Word 2013 and 2016 version, click on the Design tab instead.
  • Click on the Page Borders option in the Page Background group. In the Borders and Shading window, if not already selected, click on the Page Border tab.
  • Make the desired changes or the modification to the border that has been currently set for the document or page. You can change the border type from the Settings section, choosing from basic Box, Shadow, 3-D, or Customised border. You can also alter the style, color, and width of the order, and add or change the art used in the page border.

When you have finished making the desired changes to your border, click the OK button to apply the changes made on your page.

Remove a border

  • Open Ms Word.
  • Press the Page Layout option. In Ms Word 2013/2016, click the Design option instead.
  • From the Page Background option, Click Page Borders.
  • From the Borders and Shading options, click Page Border.
  • Choose None to undo any border on the whole page.
  • Remove page borders from the Ms Word
  • Press the OK option to remove the border from the word.

How you can make two separate borders on a page in Word

Here is how you can make two separate borders on a page in Word

Step 1

Click on the option “Page Layout” from the ribbon found at the top of the window. Below the “Page Background” options, choose “Page Borders.”

Step 2

Select the colour, width and style to make a customized outer page border. Or choose the “Art” option to choose a pre-designed border from a list of border styles.

Step 3

Press on the option “Apply to” from the drop-down box, and select whether you need to apply the border to the whole document or the current page. This will allow you to exhibit a border on certain pages of the file. To define the margins of the border, choose the “Options…” button and put the changes to the “Margins“.

Step 4

Inside the page border region create a text box. Then click on the “Insert” tab on the ribbon, and click the “Text Box.” Then click on the option which shows “Draw Text Box”, and use your cursor to select the area in which you want to insert the inner border.

Step 5

By Right-clicking on the text box border and choosing “Format Shape”, one can define the line colour, shadow, size and borders. Modify the text properties from the “Text Box” option by selecting text layout, internal margins and autofit.

Page borders can make it look more catchy. We believe the above-mentioned ways can surely help you to add, modify or remove the border from Microsoft word documents.

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