How to Download Borders for Microsoft Word

By Zicheng Ren

Inserting a well-designed border image into your Word file for presentations or resumes can draw your audience's attention. The border options in Microsoft Word are limited, but **you can find and download Microsoft Word border images on the Internet using a search engine.**

Step 1

Click the **Images** tab or link on [Bing](http://www.bing.com) or [Google](http://www.google.com) or go to [Yahoo](http://www.yahoo.com) or another search engine of your choice to search for borders.

Step 2

Type **borders for microsoft word** in the search box and click the **Search** button to populate the page with border images. You can be more specific in your search terms and search for floral, decorative, holiday-themed or any other type of border you need for your project. You can also search for specific-color borders or borders in rectangular or oval shapes only.

Step 3

**Select the border image you want to download** from the list of results or hover your mouse over a border image for a close-up view. You can usually see the image's size in pixels in the close-up view. For good quality reproduction, choose a full-page size image -- about 800 pixels by 1000 pixels would work for screen-viewing or print purposes -- and tweak the size in Word. You can download a small image and resize it in Microsoft Word to stretch it to fit the page, but the image resolution may degrade. Instead, scale up a small image in an image-editing program for the best resolution when resizing images.

Step 4

**Click the preview image** to view it at full size. **Right-click the border** and choose **Save image as...** from the drop-down menu. Depending on the search engine you use, you might see an option to go to the original website where the image is hosted or to zoom in on the image.

Step 5

Select a location to save the border. You can rename the picture in the File Name text box and change the image format in the Save as Type section. Click **Save** to download the file.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also find free border images on websites such as Openclipart and All-free-download.com.
  • Insert the border image you downloaded into Microsoft Word by either opening a Word document and dragging and dropping the picture file onto it or by clicking the Insert tab in Word followed by the Pictures icon and choosing a file.
  • After you insert a border image into a Microsoft Word document, place a text box on top of the image to enter text in the area inside the border design.