How to Add a Fancy Border to a Word Document

By Daniel Ketchum

Many documents you create in Microsoft Word are best left plain and unadorned, like collage papers or legal documents. But others can often be greatly enhanced by adding borders, such as newsletters or brochures. Borders in a document help its creator emphasize certain points she wants to make sure the reader notices. They can also be used to brighten up an otherwise dull document, making it more interesting and lively.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Select "File" and click "Open." In the dialog box that pops up, browse to the document you want to add a border to and open it. Alternatively, if the document is one you have just saved, you can find it under "Recent Files."

Step 2

Select the "Page Layout" tab from the top and click "Page Background." From the options choose "Page Borders." In the dialog that pops up, click on the "Page Border" button to add the border to the entire page rather than just a part of it.

Step 3

Go to the "Settings" and choose from the presets the border style you would like to apply. You can then adjust these presets to your liking. You can also click on the "Art" button to use an image as the border graphic. When you are finished, click on Preview to judge the results. If you don't like them, you can go back and make changes.

Step 4

Select whether you want the border along all four sides, or only along some or just one. For example, you might want to use just a top and bottom border for a newsletter. Click "Apply To." Then click "OK."