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Spruce Up Your Word 2007 Documents with Paragraph Borders and Shading

Here is a quick tip to add some extra flair to paragraphs in your Word 2007 documents to help them stand out.

Highlight the paragraph you want to draw attention to, click the Home tab on the Ribbon and choose the Borders drop-down tool.  From this menu select Borders and Shading.

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In the Borders and Shading dialog box on the left hand side click on Box.  Scroll through the Style list to select a your favorite design.  You can select a custom color and width also.  There is a nice small preview window on the right side to give you an idea of how your border will look.  From here you can click on each border side you do not want if you don’t want the full box effect.  Once you have the style you want click OK.

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Here is a shot of how adding just a partial border sets off the paragraphs in the document.

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We can also add some shading for extra pizzazz.  From the Borders and Shading Window we were previously in you can click the Shading tab.  Add some Color from the Fill list drop-down.

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Now choose the intensity of the color.  Then Click OK. 

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Here is the final result of a custom boarder and shading.  Options are quite plentiful!  This should help spice up the “same old” documents at your next meeting.

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Editor’s note: Don’t forget the cover sheet on your TPS report. Did you get that memo?

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/1/07

Comments (6)

  1. Peter

    “This should help spice up the “same old” documents at your next meeting.” – The problem is that it doesn’t make the content any better. MS has spent a lot of effort making it easy for people to create good looking documents in Office 2007. Now they look good but are filled with the same vapid “messaging” as before. If only there was a button to remove all the nonsense phrases and BS. :)

  2. The Geek

    Peter,

    But there is!

    It’s called the delete key :)

  3. Tom

    Brrr it’s ugly…

  4. anonymous

    how do you apply a border to only 1 page??? it doesn’t work for me (office 2007)

  5. jennifer

    I kinda like it and I am sure this will come in handy for something.

  6. kathryn

    I select the copy and it puts borders on other things. Frustrating!

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