How to Design Borders for Word Documents

By Filonia LeChat

While many people think Microsoft Word is solely for text on a page, such as a business report or a letter, the program offers a variety of ways to dress up your pages with artwork and designs. Word comes equipped with a variety of stock art and colors you can use to design borders for everything from a standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch page letter to a greeting card, bookmark and more. With a couple of quick clicks, you’ll find that the border options in Word are sure not to box you in.

Step 1

Open Word. If you’re creating a border for a document you’ve already typed, pull down the “File” menu, click “Open,” browse to the Word document and double-click the file name to open it on the screen. Otherwise, Word has defaulted an 8.5 inch by 11 inch page on the screen. To change the size, click “File,” select “Page Setup” and choose your new option.

Step 2

Pull down the “Format” menu at the top of the screen and select “Borders and Shading.” Click the “Page Border” tab and click the “Box” button on the left side of the window.

Step 3

Scroll through the “Style” menu to design a border made of lines. Pull down the “Color” menu and click a colored box; this will be the color of the border on the page. Pull down the “Width” menu and select how thick to make the page border. Click “OK” when satisfied; the window closes and your page receives a border.

Step 4

Create a graphic border by taking advantage of Word’s clip art. Repeat the same “Borders and Shading” process, but instead of selecting something from the “Style” menu, pull down the “Art” menu. Scroll through the available images, such as flowers, abstract lines and holiday themes. Select one, choose whether to repeat or stretch the image and the size of the border, then click “OK,” and the Word document receives a graphical border.

Step 5

Design a border out of your own image; small images work best with this process. Repeat the “Borders and Shading” process, but instead of selecting something from the “Art” menu, click to upload your own image. Browse to the file on your computer and double-click it so it appears as a frame in the preview window. Select whether to repeat or stretch the image and click “OK,” adding the border to the Word document.

Step 6

Pull down the “File” menu and click “Save As.” If you opened a document you’d already created, give this one a new name; don’t save it on top of the original in case you want to access it again. If this was a new Word document, type a name for the file and save it to your computer.