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Creating a Full-Page Border

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 15, 2018)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Not only can you add borders to your paragraphs, but you can place one on an entire page. You do this by following these steps:

  1. If you are not going to apply the border to all the pages in your document, position the insertion point in the section that will use the borders.
  2. Choose the Borders and Shading option from the Format menu. Word displays the Borders and Shading dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Page Border tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Page Border tab of the Borders and Shading dialog box.

  5. Use the controls in the dialog box to specify how you want your border to appear. These controls are very similar to those used by Word to set up paragraph borders.
  6. Unlike adding borders to paragraphs, you can use the Art drop-down list to select an artistic treatment to use for your border.
  7. Use the Apply To drop-down list to select what parts of your document should use the border.
  8. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1828) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Creating a Full-Page Border.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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