Borders

There are a few ways you can add borders to text but the easiest is to use one of the following two buttons.
There is a borders button on the Formatting toolbar.

alt textBorders - Formatting toolbar

There is also a borders button on the Tables and Borders toolbar.

alt textBorders - Tables and Borders toolbar

Both these buttons will toggle borders on or off.
The border you last choose will stay displayed for the current session.
The default border that is displayed when you first open Word is the outside border.
Adjusting one of these buttons will not adjust the other.


Borders Drop-Down


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alt textOutside Border - Adds a border to the outside of the selection.
alt textAll Borders - Adds a border to all the edges of the selection.
alt textTop Border - Adds a border to the
alt textLeft Border - Adds a border to the left edge of the selection.
alt textInside Horizontal Border - Adds a border to the
alt textDescending Diagonal - Adds a border to the
alt textHorizontal Line - Adds a border to the
alt textInside Border - Adds a border to the
alt textNo Border - Removes any existing borders from the selected cells.
alt textBottom Border - Adds a border to the bottom of the selection.
alt textRight Border - Adds a border to the right edge of the selection.
alt textInside Vertical Border - Adds
alt textAscending Diagonal - Adds a

Adding Borders to Text

Highlight the text and use the Border buttons from one of the toolbars.
When you press this button the selected border option will be applied.
You can use the border buttons arrow to select a different type of border


Borders and Shading Dialog Box

When you want to apply a different type of border to the default border you can use the Borders and Shading dialog box.
Select (Format > Borders & Shading)(Borders tab).

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Style - 24 possible line styles
Color - Black is the default. The line and style buttons on the toolbar are updated with your latest selection.
Width - Default width is 1/2 point.
Preview -
Apply to - Paragraph, Text, Picture, Cell, Table
Options -
Show Toolbar - Displays the Tables and Borders toolbar.
Horizontal Line -


These are also paragraph formatting options that can be used to draw attention to different parts of your document.
You can apply a border to all 4 sides (an outside) using the Box, shadow or 3D settings.
To switch individual borders (left, right, top or bottom) on and off click the border icons on the preview window.


SS - possible widths, line styles


Box



Shadow



3-D



Custom

If you choose Custom border then you can define different borders for different sides of the selected area.



Border Options


By default when borders are applied to text, paragrapghs a small margin is included between the actual border and the text.
When borders are applied to pages and sections a larger margin is inlcuded between the actual border and the text.


Text, Paragraph - 1pt top & bottom, 4pt left and right


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Important

Borders do not have to go all the way around text or objects but they can be applied to just the top, bottom or sides.


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