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Step 1 - Adding Borders

 
 

There are a few ways you can add borders to text but the easiest is to use one of the following two buttons.

 
 

There is a borders button on the Formatting toolbar.

 
 

 Borders - Formatting toolbar

 
 

There is also a borders button on the Tables and Borders toolbar.

 
 

 Borders - Tables and Borders toolbar

 
 

Both these buttons will toggle borders on or off.

 
 

The border you last choose will stay displayed for the current session.

 
 

The default border that is displayed when you first open Word is the outside border.

 
 

Adjusting one of these buttons will not adjust the other.

 

 

Step 2 - Borders Drop-Down

 

   

 

 Outside Border - Adds a border to the outside of the selection.

 
 

 All Borders - Adds a border to all the edges of the selection.

 
 

 Top Border - Adds a border to the

 
 

 Left Border - Adds a border to the left edge of the selection.

 
 

 Inside Horizontal Border - Adds a border to the

 
 

 Descending Diagonal - Adds a border to the

 
 

 Horizontal Line - Adds a border to the

 
 

 Inside Border - Adds a border to the

 
 

 No Border - Removes any existing borders from the selected cells.

 
 

 Bottom Border - Adds a border to the bottom of the selection.

 
 

 Right Border - Adds a border to the right edge of the selection.

 
 

 Inside Vertical Border - Adds

 
 

 Ascending Diagonal - Adds a

 

 

Step 3 - Adding Borders to Text

 
 

Highlight the text and use the Border buttons from one of the toolbars.

 
 

When you press this button the selected border option will be applied.

 
 

You can use the border buttons arrow to select a different type of border

 

 

Step 4 - Borders and Shading Dialog Box

 
 

When you want to apply a different type of border to the default border you can use the Borders and Shading dialog box.

 
 

Select (Format > Borders & Shading)(Borders tab).

 
   
 

Style - 24 possible line styles

 
 

Color - Black is the default. The line and style buttons on the toolbar are updated with your latest selection.

 
 

Width - Default width is 1/2 point.

 
 

Preview -

 
 

Apply to - Paragraph, Text, Picture, Cell, Table

 
 

Options -

 
 

Show Toolbar - Displays the Tables and Borders toolbar.

 
 

Horizontal Line -

 

 

These are also paragraph formatting options that can be used to draw attention to different parts of your document.

 
 

You can apply a border to all 4 sides (an outside) using the Box, shadow or 3D settings.

 
 

To switch individual borders (left, right, top or bottom) on and off click the border icons on the preview window.

 

 

SS - possible widths, line styles

 

 

Step 5 - Box

 


 

Step 6 - Shadow

 


 

Step 7 - 3-D

 


 

Step 8 - Custom

 
 

If you choose Custom border then you can define different borders for different sides of the selected area.

 


 

Border Options

 

 

By default when borders are applied to text, paragrapghs a small margin is included between the actual border and the text.

 
 

When borders are applied to pages and sections a larger margin is inlcuded between the actual border and the text.

 

 

Text, Paragraph - 1pt top & bottom, 4pt left and right

 

   

 

Step 9 - Things to Remember

 
 
  • Borders do not have to go all the way around text or objects but they can be applied to just the top, bottom or sides.

     

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