Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Adding Borders to Paragraphs.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 2, 2017)
Word allows you to quickly and easily add different types of borders to your paragraphs. You can add borders to any or all sides of a paragraph, or you can create a drop-shadow effect. (Drop shadows cause your boxed paragraphs to "stand off" the page, providing almost a three-dimensional appearance.) To add borders to your paragraph, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Borders tab of the Borders and Shading dialog box.
You can quickly remove a paragraph border by selecting None in the Borders and Shading dialog box or No Border from the drop down list displayed in step 2.
After you set border attributes, Word will continue to use the same attributes until you change them again. This makes picking choices from the drop down list easier.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8698) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Adding Borders to Paragraphs.
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