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Adding borders around your images keeps photos with white backgrounds from spilling over into your document. It’s also an easy way to give them a little extra flair. Here’s how to put borders around images in Microsoft Word.

To add a border around your image, open Word on your Windows 10 PC or Mac and click the image that you want to add a border to. If you don’t already have the image in your document, you can insert one by going to Insert > Pictures.

Selected image in Word document

Once it’s selected, the “Picture Format” tab will appear. Click it, then choose a style from the “Picture Styles” gallery.

Picture Styles gallery

You can click the down arrow next to the displayed styles to expand the gallery.

To select a frame you like, simply click it. The style will then be applied to the image. For example, if we select the Metal Frame style, the image will look like this:

Metal frame around image

You can also customize your image’s border. Click the image and, in the “Picture Styles” group of the “Picture Format” tab, select “Picture Border.”

Picture border option

A drop-down menu will appear. Here, you can choose between several different colors for your frame. You can also apply a border weight (the width of the border) and dashes (the border’s line style).

Picture border options

To remove the border around an image, click the photo and, in the “Adjust” group of the “Picture Format” tab, select “Reset Picture.”

Reset Picture

This will remove all borders, styles, and effects applied to the image.

While certainly not known for its image editing suite, Microsoft Word does provide a decent library of basic tools to help you tweak your images, such as removing a background from an image and placing text over an image. Play around with Word’s feature set to see what you can do!

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