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, Word 2013, 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 your flyer in Word and, on the ribbon, select Design.

    Microsoft Word with Design tab displayed
  2. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders

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

    MS 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 sides only).

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  5. If you chose Box, move to the next step. If you chose Custom, in the Preview section select or deselect the edges that will display a border.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  6. In the Style section, scroll down to choose a line style.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  7. Select the Color drop-down arrow and choose a color.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  8. Select the Width drop-down arrow and choose a line width.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  9. Select the Apply To drop-down arrow and choose Whole document.

    If you have a multipage flyer and don't want to apply a border to the whole document, choose one of the other options: This section, This section - First page only, or This section - All except first page.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  10. To apply the line border, select OK.

    MS Word flyer with borders applied to the sides

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 your flyer in Word. On the ribbon, select Design.

    MS Word with Design tab displayed
  2. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders

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

    MS 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 sides only).

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  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.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  6. Select the Art drop-down menu and choose a style. If you choose a black and white border art style, you can change the color. To do so, select the Color drop-down menu and choose a color.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  7. In the Width section, use the arrows to select a width for the border.

  8. Select the Apply To drop-down menu and choose Whole document.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  9. To apply the line border, select OK.

    MS Word flyer with borders on the sides