How to Add Graphic Borders to Word Documents

By Robert Spearing

Microsoft Word is a word processor application commonly bundled with Microsoft Office. The software was first developed in 1981 but did not launch commercially until several years later. Microsoft Word makes it easy to add customized typography and document designs. Word 2007 represented a marked departure from previous versions with the introduction of a new user interface, which continued with the latest version, Word 2010. Adding graphic borders is straightforward in Word, but there are important differences between the interfaces in the 2003 and 2007/2010 versions.

Things You'll Need

  • Clip-art installed packages for Microsoft Office

Adding a graphic border in Word 2003

Step 1

Open the document you wish to add a graphic border to, or create a new Word document. Click "Format" in the main menu. Click "Borders and Shading", then select the "Page Border" tab.

Step 2

Select to add an artistic border in the "Art" box. Choose from among the border options under "Settings."

Step 3

Specify the orientation and location of the border by clicking "Custom" within the "Settings" section. Select the orientation of the border under the "Apply to" options list.

Step 4

Click "Apply" and "OK" to add your changes, then save your document. To preview the new border, select "File", then "Print layout view."

Adding a graphic border in Word 2007 and 2010

Step 1

Open the document you wish to add a graphic border to, or create a new Word document. Select the "Page Layout" tab from the Ribbon at the top of the Word window.

Step 2

Click the "Page Borders" button in the "Page Background" menu group. Select the type of border you want in the "Settings" column. Click the "Art" drop-down list (at the bottom of the middle column of controls) and select the graphic you like most.

Step 3

Click the "Options..." button (in the lower-right corner) to specify further options such as margin spacing. Click "OK" to apply your changes. Save your document and preview the changes by clicking the "Office" button in the top-left corner, hovering over the "Print" choice, and selecting "Print Preview".