How to Create a Flyer Border in Microsoft Word

This one step can help draw attention to your important message

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An old-school paper flyer can have a big impact if you put it in the right location and make it fun to look at. The fun part comes from different typefaces, images, and other visual elements, including a neat border. Microsoft Word makes it possible to add a border to bring your whole flyer together. Use it to apply a single- or multi-line border, a more decorative one, or even one made from Clip Art.

Instructions in this article apply to Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word for Office 365.

Use Predefined Lines as a Page Border

Line borders are perfect when you want to give your flyer a professional appearance.

  1. Open a Word document and go to the Design tab.

  2. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders

    Microsoft Word with the Design tab selected
  3. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select the Page Border tab.

    Microsoft Word with the Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  4. In the Setting section, select Box if you want the border to surround the entire flyer, or Custom if you want to apply a border to some edges (such as the top and bottom only).

  5. If you chose Box, move to the next step. If you chose Custom, go to the Preview section and select or deselect the edges that will display a border.

  6. In the Style section, choose a line style.

    Microsoft Word with the Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  7. Select the Color dropdown arrow and choose a color.

  8. Select the Width dropdown arrow and choose a line width.

  9. Select the Apply To dropdown arrow and choose Whole document.

    If you have a multipage flyer and don't want to apply a border to the whole document, apply the border to a selected section, the first page of a section, or everything but the first page of a section.

  10. Select OK to apply the line border.

    Microsoft Word using border feature
  11. Save the document.

Use Clip Art as a Page Border

If you don't want a plain line for the border, try Word's built-in art library. It contains fun images like candy corn, cupcakes, and hearts, as well as whimsical options like art deco styles, push pins, and scissors cutting a dotted line. The process is similar to the one for creating a simple line border.

  1. Open a Word document and go to the Design tab.

  2. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders

    Microsoft Word with Design tab selected
  3. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select the Page Border tab.

    Microsoft Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  4. In the Setting section, select Box if you want the border to surround the entire flyer, or Custom if you want to apply a border to some edges (such as the top and bottom only).

  5. If you chose Box, move to the next step. If you chose Custom, go to the Preview section and select or deselect the edges that will display a border.

  6. Select the Art dropdown arrow and choose a style.

  7. If you choose a black and white border art style, you can change it to a color. Select the Color dropdown arrow and choose a color.

  8. Select the Width dropdown arrow and choose a border width.

  9. Select the Apply To dropdown arrow and choose Whole document.

  10. Select OK to apply the line border.

    Microsoft Word using border feature
  11. Save the document.

Modify the Page Border Margins

Sometimes borders don't line up where you want them to appear in relation to the edge of the page or in relation to the text. To fix it, create a border using the instructions above and then:

  1. Go to the Design tab.

  2. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders

  3. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select the Page Border tab.

    Microsoft Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  4. Select Options.

  5. In the Border and Shading Options dialog box, go to the Margin section and enter a margin width for the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right margins.

    Microsoft Word with Border and Shading Options dialog box displayed
  6. Select the Measure From dropdown arrow and choose to measure the margin from the Edge of page or the Text.

  7. Clear the Always display in front checkbox to have the page border appear behind any overlapping text. Or, select the Always display in front checkbox to display the border in front of the overlapping text.

  8. Select OK to return to the Borders and Shading dialog box.

  9. In the Borders and Shading dialog box select OK to apply the border to your document.

    Microsoft Word using border margin adjustment feature
  10. Save the document.