How to Make a Border on Microsoft Word out of a Picture


The easiest way to make a Microsoft Word border out of a picture is to use clip art. Microsoft clip art includes many borders that you can add to one page or every page in a document. You can use border clip art for a full border, with four sides, or for a partial border, with only some sides.

Clip-Art Border

  • Add art as a page header if you want to add a border to every page in the document. You can do this by clicking "Header" on the "Insert" tab in the "Header and Footer" group. Skip this step if the border is for a one-page document or only needs to appear on one page.

  • Search for border clip art by clicking "Clip Art" on the "Insert" tab in the "Illustrations" group. Type "Border" in the "Search For" field and click "Go." Scroll through the available borders and double-click to insert the image into the document.

  • Click on the image to select it. Select the "Wrap Text" menu on the "Format" tab under "Picture Tools" in the "Arrange" group. Click "Behind Text."

  • Resize the picture to fill the page, if needed. Place your mouse over one of the resize handles that surrounds the selected image. Click and drag until the border image is the desired size.

  • Move the picture to the desired location by clicking on the image, holding down your mouse button, and dragging the image to the desired location.

  • Click "Close Header and Footer" on the "Design" tab in the "Close" group if you added the image to multiple pages.

Page-Border Art

  • Click "Page Border" on the "Page Layout" tab in the "Page Background" group. Select the "Page Border" tab if necessary.

  • Select which document sides to apply the border to in the "Document Settings" section. Select "Box" to apply the border to all sides of the document. Choose "Custom" to pick the sides, such as the top and bottom, to which you want to apply the border. Select the sides in the "Preview" section by clicking the "Top Border," "Left Border," "Right Border" and "Bottom Border" buttons.

  • Click the "Art" drop-down menu in the "Style" section.

  • Select the desired style. Select the section of the document to which you want to apply the art border, such as "This Section" or "Whole Document," and click the "OK" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also search Microsoft Online for more border images by selecting "Clip Art Online" during your search.

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