How to Remove a Border From a Word Document

Borders are easy to insert and remove

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Placing a border around a text box in Microsoft Word couldn't be easier, and inserting dividing lines by typing three dashes, asterisks or equal signs takes just seconds. As you work on your document, you may decide it looks better without the border or the dividing lines. Taking them off is just as simple as putting them on.

Working With Borders

Placing a border around a Microsoft Word text box takes just seconds:

  1. Select the text box you want to place a border around.
  2. Click the Home tab on the ribbon.
  3. Click the Border icon and pick one of the options on the drop-down menu. For a simple box, click Outside Borders.
  4. Select Borders and Shading at the bottom of the drop-down menu. In the Borders tab of the dialog box, you can change the size, style, and color of the border, or choose a shadowed or 3D border. 

If you decide to remove the border later, highlight the text in the bordered text box. Click Home > Borders > No Border to remove the border. If you select only part of the text in the box, the border is removed from only that part and remains around the rest of the text.

When a Line Behaves Like a Border

By default, when you type three asterisks in a row and press the Return key, Word replaces the three asterisks with a dotted line the width of the text box. When you type three equals signs, you end up with a double line, and three dashes followed by a Return generates a straight line the width of the text box.

If you realize immediately you don't want the line that the shortcut generates, tap the formatting icon next to the text box and select Undo Border Line.

If you decide later, you can remove the line using the Borders icon:

  1. Select the text around the line.
  2. Click the Home tab and the Border icon.
  3. Choose No Border in the drop-down menu to remove the line.


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