How to Add a Border in Microsoft Publisher

By Nick Peers

Microsoft Publisher 2013 enables you to add a border to your publication's pages, text boxes, pictures and AutoShape objects. You can choose the type of border to use, as well as change its color and thickness. Furthermore, if you have a picture that was designed to be a border, you can use it as a border in Publisher. Note that Microsoft Publisher 2013 comes with its own set of predesigned pattern borders that you can place around your pages and objects.

Adding a Border to a Page

Step 1

Make sure that you printer can print the entire border. Click "File," choose "Print," select your printer from the "Printer" drop-down box, and then mouse over the "i" -- or information -- icon above the top right corner of the Printer box to display more information about the printer, including its minimum margin values. You must use these margin values when you set your publication's borders. Click "File" to return to the publication.

Step 2

Click the "Shapes" button in the Objects group, on the Home tab, and then click the rectangle image. Click and drag on the page until you draw the page border. Note that the rectangle snaps to the border lines automatically when your mouse cursor is near them.

Step 3

Right-click the newly created rectangle and choose "Format Autoshape" from the context menu to open the Format AutoShape window.

Step 4

Click the "Color" box, and then choose "No Fill." You can change the color, transparency, width and other settings of the border in the Line section. To use a predesigned pattern border, click the "BorderArt" button, and then choose one of the available borders. You can use your own image as a border by clicking the "BorderArt" button, clicking the "Create Custom" button, and then clicking "Select Picture." Click "OK" in the Format AutoShape window to insert the border.

Adding Text Box, AutoShape, Picture or Object Borders

Step 1

Right-click the element you want to add a border to and choose "Format" from the context menu.

Step 2

Select the "Colors and Lines" tab. To add a line border, choose a color from the Color box, in the Line section, and then change the other properties of the border. To add a predesigned border, click the "BorderArt" button, and then choose one of the available borders. To use your own image as a border, click "BorderArt," select "Create Custom," and then click "Select Picture."

Step 3

Click "OK" in the Format Object window to add the border to the object.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also add a border to a page using clip art. Select the page, click the "Clip Art" button in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab, type "page borders" into the Search box, and then press "Enter." Click one of the borders to add it to your page, and then use its sizing handles to resize it. If the border has a solid fill that is covering the contents of your page, select the border, and then click the "Send Backward" button in the Arrange group of the Format tab.
  • You can add a border to a group of objects by selecting the rectangle from the Shapes box in the Objects group, and then drawing a rectangle around the objects. To change the style of the new border, right-click the new rectangle and select the "Colors and Lines" tab.
  • If you want to use your own picture as a border, make sure it is less than 64KB in size and does not contain any text.