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How to Add a Border to an Entire Page in Word (2020)

Microsoft Word allows users to add a border around various types of elements in a word document like text, images, and tables.

Users can also add a border to specific pages or every page in Word with the utmost ease. You can significantly enhance a word document's appearance if you utilize the Page Layout function and add a page border. 

Apart from adding a border, you can also customize the style and thickness as per your convenience.

How to Add a Border to an Entire Page in Word (2020)

Key Steps to Follow to Add a Simple Border

Here are the top steps you need to follow to add a border to an entire page in Microsoft Word:

Open your Microsoft Word document first. You need to double-click the word document that you wish to add a border or borders. Doing this will open the specific document in Microsoft Word.

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To integrate a border to an entire page in Word, make sure that you place the cursor at the start of your document or place it at the beginning of a specific section in your word document. Once you are done placing the cursor, click the 'Design' tab.

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Click on ‘Page Borders’ in the Page Background section of the ‘Design’ tab.

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On clicking ‘Page Borders,’ the ‘Border and Shading’ dialog box will display. On the ‘Page Border’ tab, you will find different options under ‘Setting,’ select the type of page border. The ‘Page Borders’ is on the extreme-right side of the Design toolbar.

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Now, to select a border setting, you have to click the border tab on the left-most side, and you will get various border options. Select the appropriate one. You can click the ‘Box’ border option if you want to use a simple border around your text in a Microsoft Word document.

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To select a suitable border style, you have to select the 'Style' column and scroll down till you find an appropriate border style. If you require, you can also alter the border's width and color from the drop-down menus indicating the Color and Width section.

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Now, you need to select pages in the word document to which you want to add borders. You need to click the 'Apply to' drop-down box and then choose the specific section to which you wish to apply the border in the drop-down menu that comes as a result.

If you want to apply the border to your Word document's first page, you need to click 'This section –First page only' in the drop-down menu.

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Once the above step is done, you need to click on 'OK,' which you will find at the page's bottom right. Clicking the 'OK' button will apply a border to a selected page in Microsoft Word.

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Top Ways to Follow to Modify a Border

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    First, you need to open Microsoft Word. 
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    If you are using Microsoft Word 2013 or 2016, you must click the Design tab; otherwise, you can click the Page Layout tab.
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    Click on the ‘Page Borders’ option that you will find in the Page Background section.
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    Select the Page Border tab after the ‘Border and Shading’ window pops up.
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    You can now make suitable changes to a border already set or default for the word document or page. Clicking the Settings tab will enable you to change the page border type. You will choose from several border options such as Box, Shadow, 3-D, or Custom.
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    You can also modify or add new art to give a distinct look to the border.
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    Once you are done making suitable modifications to the border, clicking the OK button is essential to apply the modifications.
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How to apply custom border lines?

If you wish to apply custom border lines, then you need to click on single border lines that you find in the Preview section after selecting the ‘Custom’ border option.

In the ‘Setting’ column, you need to click the Custom button and select a line style as per your preference from the drop-down menu that indicates ‘Style’ and select any of the suitable border lines that you see in the ‘Preview’ box.

How to change border width and color?

Microsoft Word allows users to make their word documents stand out by incorporating borders in different colors and widths. Compared to a thin border, a wider border can make your content look more distinct and prominent in your Microsoft Word document.

Usually, the widths of borders range from ¼ pts to 6 pts. You will get to see a preview of the border that you select in the ‘Preview’ section. You can choose any color for a border from the already provided options or utilize the RGB color chart.

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Smart Ways to Apply Multiple Borders to a Single Page in Word

You know the steps to add a border to a specific page in Word, but do you know how to add multiple borders to a single page? You need to make effective use of your creative skills and leverage a technique that requires you to view Microsoft Word as a desktop publishing software. 

You should first add elements to a page in Word and accurately change the same to look and function as prominent borders. The recipients of your documents will not be able to figure out the difference, and the complete control over placing the elements and customizing their appearance will be with you. 

Here are the steps that you need to follow to apply different borders to a single page in Microsoft Word:

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    First, open the particular Microsoft Word document to which you want to integrate multiple borders. You can also create a blank document in Word.
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    Now, you need to click the button where it’s written ‘View’ and select ‘One Page.’ Doing this will help you view the whole page while you customize the borders
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    Choose the 'Text Box' tab after clicking the 'Insert' tab and choose the very first tab – 'Simple Text Box.' You need not think about the specific placeholder text, which you can view on the example text box.
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    In the word document, dragging the box comprising the text is quite easy. However, it is essential to take care while dragging the box to ensure that the box stays inside the margins and not exceed the page border.
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    To ensure that the text box fills as much of the specific page as you want, dragging the edge of the box is necessary. Make sure that it is halfway down, which means splitting a particular page into two halves.
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    To open the Text Box options, clicking the text box first is of the utmost importance. Unless and until you enable the text box, you won't be able to view the Text Box tab. Clicking the 'Shape Fill' section and selecting 'No Fill' is required. Doing this makes the interior of the Text Box transparent, and you have a prominent border.
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    Now, clicking the ‘Shape Outline’ menu will help you to format your border. There are Weight and Pattern options, and you can experiment with the same by choosing one of the colored squares for coloring the borders in Word.
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    Select ‘Copy’ after right-clicking the border if the formatting satisfies you. Select ‘Paste’ by right-clicking on the word document.
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    Clicking the border is necessary if you want the Tools tab indicating the Text Box to pop-up again. If you want to use a completely different border again, you can modify the format by leveraging the 'Shape Outline' menu.
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    Integrate more borders as per your preference and click ‘OK’ for saving the document.

You can certainly add a border, customize its color, width, and style, and add different borders around texts, images, or tables effectively if you follow each step mentioned above. 


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