How to Put a Box Around a Paragraph in Microsoft Word


Microsoft Word allows you to emphasize paragraphs in your document in numerous ways. For instance, you can apply text styles such as italics or bold, increase font size or change the color. Word also includes border insertion options, which can apply to your entire document's page or just a paragraph. Open the "Borders and Shading" dialog window to begin customizing the box around your paragraph. The dialog window includes various border options, allowing you to adjust the width, color and style of the box.

  • Triple-click the paragraph for which you want to add a box around. Triple-clicking the paragraph highlights it.

  • Click "Page Layout" near the top-left of the screen.

  • Click "Page Borders" from from the "Page Background" section of the toolbar. A window appears.

  • Click the "Borders" tab in the top-left of the window.

  • Click "Box" in the "Settings" section.

  • Change the "Color," "Width" or "Style" of the box as desired in the corresponding drop-down menus. The drop-down menu displays a preview of each option.

  • Click "OK" to finish adding the box around the paragraph.


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