How to Make Two Separate Borders on a Page in Word

By Emily Ediger

Give your document a professional look or an eye-catching design by framing it with borders. Microsoft Word provides options for creating borders on pages, text boxes and shapes. You can create multiple borders by using a combination of features. Page borders place a custom or pre-designed border around your document. You can add, delete or modify them without rearranging your text. Text boxes allow you to choose a specific area to place your text, and they give you multiple border options for customization.

Step 1

Click on the "Page Layout" tab on the ribbon at the top of the screen. Under the "Page Background" options, select "Page Borders."

Step 2

Choose the style, color and width to create a custom outer page border. Or select the "Art" button to select a pre-designed border from a list of options.

Step 3

Click on the "Apply to" drop-down box, and choose whether you want to apply the border to all pages or the current section. This option allows you to display a border only on certain pages of your document. To define the border margins, select the "Options..." button and make changes to the "Margins" numeric boxes.

Step 4

Create a text box inside the page border region. Click on the "Insert" tab on the ribbon, and click on "Text Box." Click on the the "Draw Text Box" option, and use your cursor to select the area in which you want to display the inner border.

Step 5

Right-click on the text box border and select "Format Shape." Define the line color, style, shadow and edges. Customize the text properties in the "Text Box" option by choosing text layout, autofit and internal margins.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to create multiple pages with two separate borders, copy and paste the text box onto each page.