How to Insert a Frame in MS Word

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Frames can bring a certain amount of professionalism to a document, or they can be used to highlight key points to a page. Microsoft Word does not have a frame feature like Microsoft PowerPoint, but they can be added manually. Frames should be used to accentuate areas of interest or to add a little pizazz to a brochure. Creating a frame around the outside of pages can be performed with Words borders feature, but in the document you will have to build the frame.

Frame in Page

  • Select the "Insert" tab. Click the "Shapes" icon. Select the "Line" option in the Lines category.

  • Create a horizontal line. Hold the "Shift" key down while drawing the line to make it perfectly horizontal.

  • Place the mouse pointer over the line till the target pointer appears. Right-click and select the "Copy" option from the menu. Right-click anywhere in the document and select the "Paste" option from the menu. You will have two horizontal lines. Perform the same process to create two vertical lines.

  • Place the mouse pointer over a line until the target pointer appears. Left-click the mouse button and hold to drag a line to one of the other lines. Connect the four lines to create a frame box.

  • Place the mouse pointer over a line until the target pointer appears. Press the "Ctrl" key and hold it down. Pass the mouse over another line. The pointer will change slightly, displayed as a plus sign. Click the line. Do the same thing with the other lines. They will all display little green dots which shows that they are selected.

  • Place the mouse pointer over the lines until the target pointer appears. Right-click the mouse, select "Grouping" from the menu, and then select "Group." This causes Word to recognize the four lines as a single object.

  • Click any of the squares around the frame to change the size as needed. If you do not see the squares then click on the object for them to appear. The frame can be moved around the page by holding down the left mouse button.

  • Right-click the object and select the "Format Object" or "Format Autoshape" option. They are the same thing but it depends on the shape and formatting on which one will appear in the list.

  • Click the "Colors and Lines" tab in the Format Object window. Here you can change the color, line style and thickness of the line. Other tabs in this window can change other effects of the frame.

Frame around Page

  • Click the "Page Layout" tab.

  • Select the "Page Borders" option in the Page Background category.

  • Click the "Page Border" tab in the Borders and Shading window. Select colors and width of the frame.

  • Select the "Box" setting and click the "OK" button.

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