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Adding Borders to a Paragraph in Microsoft Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

Adding borders to your paragraphs is a great way to draw your readers' attention to them as well as set them apart from the other areas of your document.

Borders and Shading dialog box

There are a few different types of borders that you can add:

  • Box
  • Shadow
  • 3-D
  • Custom

From the Borders and Shading dialog box, you can also set the border color, set the border width, specify the border style as well as add borders only to specific sides of a paragraph.

Many people like the Drop Shadow border style as it adds a nice effect and really causes a paragraph to stand out.

To Add a Border Around a Paragraph

  1. Set the insertion point in the paragraph that you want to surround with a border.
  2. Click the arrow on the Borders icon to display the drop-down menu.

    Borders icon

  3. Choose Borders and Shading from the menu.
  4. Click the border style you want from the Setting area on the left.
  5. Select a line type (solid, dashed, dotted, etc) from the Style window.
  6. To change the line color, click the Color drop-down list and choose the color you want from the color palette.
  7. To change the weight (width) of a line, click the Width drop-down list and choose the width you want.
  8. To adjust the distance of the box borders from the text, click on the Options button and change any of the From Text
  9. To remove a border from a paragraph, click None.
  10. When finished, click OK.

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