How to Apply Page Borders in Microsoft Word 2016

Page Borders adds creative flair to your documents, which is great for flyers, presentations or just plain fun. We already discussed how to apply word and paragraph borders, so this article might seem familiar. It follows the same interface as paragraph borders, except for a few application options.

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1. Place your cursor somewhere in the section where the borders will go. If you only have one section, which is probably the case with most smaller documents, you’re already there. Likewise, if you intend to apply borders to the entire document, you needed specify a section.

2. Select the Home tab, click the Borders drop-down arrow in the Paragraph section, and choose Borders and Shading.
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3. Select the Page Border tab, click the Apply To drop-down arrow and choose the appropriate option.PageBorders-3
In this example, I chose This Section to restrict the borders to the current section.

Your options are:

  • Whole Document to apply borders to the entire document;
  • This Section to apply borders to the entire current section, but if you only have one section, this option gives the same effect as Whole Document;
  • This Section – First Page Only to apply borders to the first page of the current section; and
  • This Section – All Except First Page skips the first page of the current section but applies borders to the rest of the section.

4. Select the Art option first, if you want to use creative borders, followed by the Width and Color. If you need more basic lines, just choose a Style option and select the Width and Color.
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5. Click the Options button to access margins.
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6. Choose the appropriate settings in the Margin section and click OK. By default, these numbers specify the distance from the edge of the page where the borders will appear.
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You can also change the Measure From drop-down menu to enter distance from the document text instead. Your other options are:

  • Align Paragraph Borders and Table Edges With Page Border – This option is only available when table or paragraph borders are close to the page border, in which case it ensures the borders align.
  • Always Display in Front – If you have graphics or text boxes in the margins, this option allows the page border to appear on top.
  • Surround Header – This option encases the header in the same page border, so if you want page numbers outside the border, uncheck this option.
  • Surround Footer – Similar to the last option, this option dictates if the footer is surrounded by or outside the page border.

7. Click the side or bottom buttons in the Preview panel to toggle side, top or bottom lines on or off, then click OK.
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Given the example settings, this is how the page borders should look:

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