Adding a Border Around Text in a Chart

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated February 16, 2019)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


When you are creating charts with Microsoft Graph, you can add different types of text to your chart. For instance, you can add both data labels and titles. Normally, Microsoft Graph displays just the text associated with these labels or titles. You can, however, add a border around the text. You might find it particularly useful to add a border around the chart title. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text to which you want a border added. For example, if you want to add a border to the chart title, click on the title with the mouse. Microsoft Graph surrounds the title with a series of small black squares.
  2. Choose Selected Chart Title from the Format menu. Microsoft Graph displays the Format Chart Title dialog box. The Patterns tab should be displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Format Chart Title dialog box

  4. In the Border area, use the Style drop-down list to select the type of line you want to use for the border.
  5. In the Border area, select the color you want applied to the border using the Color drop-down list.
  6. In the Border area, use the Weight drop-down list to select the line weight you wish to use for the border (you can select from four line weights).
  7. Click on OK.

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