"How to Add Word 2007 Borders and Shading to Your Documents?"


Microsoft Word 2007 borders and shading feature allow you to separate and call attention to the selected text.

Borders are added above, below, or to either side of any amount of text, from a single character to several pages.

You can add many varieties of shading to the space occupied by selected text, paragraphs, and pages - with or without a border around them. You can create horizontal lines as you type.

The following will show you how to add Word 2007 borders and shading to the selected text and the unique way to create horizontal lines as you type.


To add Word 2007 borders and shading to text

  • Select the text for which you want to have a border or shading.
  • From the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Borders down arrow, and then select the type of border you want to apply.
  • Word 2007 borders


To add paragraph borders

  • Place the mouse cursor on the paragraph that you wish to add the borders.
  • From the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Borders down arrow, and then select Borders and Shading.
  • Word 2007 borders and shading dialog box

  • From the Borders and Shading dialog box displayed, click the Borders tab.
  • Do the changes by selecting the type of box (click Custom for less than four sides), the line style, color, and width you want.
  • If you want less than four sides and are working with paragraphs, click the sides you want in the Preview area.
  • Click the Options button to set the distance the border is away from the text.
  • Word 2007 borders and options shading dialog box

  • From the Border and Shading Options dialog box displayed, set the distance for top, bottom, left and right.
  • Click OK to close the Border and Shading Options dialog box.
  • Click OK.


To add page borders

  • From the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Borders down arrow, and then select Borders and Shading.
  • From the Borders and Shading dialog box displayed, click the Page Border tab.
  • Do the changes by selecting the type of box (click Custom for less than four sides), the line style, color, width and art that you like to use for the border.
  • If you want less than four sides, click the sides you want in the Preview area.
  • Click the Options button to set the distance the border is away from either the edge of the page or the text.
  • page borders and shading options dialog box

  • From the Border and Shading Options dialog box displayed, set the distance for top, bottom, left and right.
  • Click OK to close the Border and Shading Options dialog box.
  • Click OK.


To add shading

  • Select (highlight) the text for which you want to have shading.
  • From the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Borders down arrow, and then select Borders and Shading.
  • From the Borders and Shading dialog box displayed, click the Shading tab.
  • Word 2007 shading

  • You can select a color of shading. If desired, select a pattern, and choose whether to apply it to the entire page, paragraph, or just to the selected text.


To create horizontal lines as you type

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