Word: Add a Border to a Paragraph

Adding a border to an important paragraph helps it stand out from the rest of your document. This is helpful if you want a part of your document to be emphasized. To add a border in Word 2007, 2010, or 2011 just follow the directions below.

Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

1. Select the paragraph.

2. Click the Format menu.

3. Select Borders and Shading.

4. Select the border style you want and be sure that Apply to: Paragraph is selected.

5. Click OK to complete.

Microsoft Word Versions 2007 and 2010

1. Highlight the paragraph you wish to add a border to.

2. Go to the Ribbon and select the Home tab.

3. In the Paragraph section, select the arrow next to the Borders and Shading icon.

4. From the menu, select Borders and Shading.

5. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select the setting, style, color, and width for the border you wish to add.

6. Select Paragraph from the Apply to dropdown.

7. Click OK.


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  • Dave Doctor

    Helpful. Thanks!

  • Dave

    What about boxing multiple paragraphs into a single box?

  • Tom

    It’s quite complicate:

    Insert a text box and paste the different paragraphs into it.
    By right-clicking the text box choose “Format Shape” / “Line”.

    Now your text box is entirely boxed

  • liz

    You guys are the bomb! The only part I had trouble was finding the borders box so I print screened the location.  Why can’t Microsoft write easy instructions. I was a teacher and you guys are the best!! Liz

    • Anonymous

      Glad we could help!

  • Rod

    Suggestion — why don’t you put paragraph borders & shading as an option on the right-click, or another button in the paragraph format dialog?  It was a bit frustrating to find, but pretty simple once I finally found it!  I saved it off as a new quick style…  🙂