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Adding borders around your images is a good way to give them a little extra flair. Google Docs has a set of built-in features for adding borders and, while they’re not as sophisticated as the options offered in something like Office, they do the job.

Adding Borders Around Images in Google Docs

To add a border around an image, go ahead and open the Google Doc that contains the image. If you haven’t inserted your image yet, head over to the “Insert” tab, select “Image,” then choose the respective option to locate your image.

Insert Image in Google Docs

After inserting the image, you might need to resize it. To do this, select the image and then grab the handle on any corner. Drag to resize.

On the toolbar, you’ll see three separate border tools. They are Border color (1), Border weight (2), and Border dash (3).

Image border tools

Go ahead and select “Border color” first. Once selected, pick a color you like from the dropdown menu. In this example, we’ll go with a simple black.

border colors

Once you’ve selected your color, you’ll notice a very thin border appear around your image.

small border

Looking good so far! If you want to adjust the thickness of the border, select the “Border weight” icon. By default, the border has a 2pt width. We’ll select 12pt for this example.

border weight

The changes will now take effect. You’ll see your image with a 12pt black border around it.

12pt border

Finally, if you want something other than a solid border, click the “Border dash” icon and then select one of the two other options from the dropdown menu. We’ll select the dotted border option.

dotted border

Now your image border should look something like this.

dotted border example

Unfortunately, the border options are a bit limited. Hopefully, Google Docs will expand its feature set in the near future.


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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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