How to Insert a Border in Word 2007


Word 2007 is Microsoft’s latest version of its word processing software. The latest edition completely changes the user interface for the first time in years, which has created more of a learning curve than in past programs. The result for first time users is that it can often make mundane tasks, such as inserting a border, confusing. Luckily, Word 2007’s new interface isn’t difficult to figure out with a little training, and adding a border is, in fact, easier than in previous versions.

  • Open the document that you’d like to add a border to and click on the “Page Layout” tab. If you’d like to add a border to text, highlight the text area where you’d like the border to surround and continue to Step 2. If you're adding a border to entire pages then place the cursor anywhere.

  • Click on “Page Borders,” located in the “Page Background” section. This will open a new dialogue box where you can select a page border.

  • Click on the “Page Border” tab if you are adding a border to entire pages or click the “Border” tab if you are adding a border to text. Both tabs offer nearly identical options.

  • Select one of five border options in the “Settings” section. The five options are none, box, shadow, 3-D and custom.

  • Modify the style, color and width using the drop-down menu options. You can also select which sides of the page you’d like a border on under the “Preview” section. If you're adding a border to an entire page then you'll have the additional option of selecting what type of art you'd like for the border.

  • Select which option you’d like for the “Apply to:” section by choosing to apply it to the whole document, specific sections, only the first page or all pages except the first page. If you’re applying the border to text, select the “Text” option.

  • Click “OK” to save the changes and create the border.

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