How to create a page border in Microsoft Word

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Microsoft Word gives you hundreds of page border options that allows you to surround a page with a clean or fancy border. Follow the steps below to insert a border in your Microsoft Word document.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click on the Page Layout tab. In Word 2013 and 2016, click on the Design tab instead.
  3. In the Page Background group, click the Page Borders option.
  4. In the Borders and Shading window (shown below), click the Page Border tab.
  5. Select Box if you want a square border around your page.
  6. Select the Style of border you want on the page, which can be solid, dotted, or dashed. Select the Color and Width of the border. If you want to select artwork to use as the border, click the down arrow for the Art drop-down list. In the example below, we're using the hearts art as a border.

Microsoft Word page border


By default, the borders are applied to the whole document, which means every page has the same border. Clicking the down arrow on Apply to gives you the option to select the first page only, selected page, all pages but the first page, and other options.

  1. Once you've selected all the border options you want to use in your document, click the OK button to apply the border.

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