How to Add or Remove a Text Border in Word

Use a border to highlight important information in your Word doc

What to Know

  • Add border: Select Design. Highlight text. Choose Page Borders > Borders tab. Assign style, color and width.
  • Remove border: Position the cursor in the bordered text. Go to Design tab > Page Borders > Borders.
  • Then, under Setting, choose None.

This article explains how to add a border to a section of text in Microsoft Word. It also includes information on how to remove a border. The information applies to Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013. 

Apply a Text Border

There are many ways to call attention to your important ideas in a Word document, including bulleted or numbered lists, different typefaces, and section headers. Another is text borders. If you do insert a text border, you may later decide your document looks better without it. If that's the case, you can easily remove it.

Placing a border around a section of text in a Word doc takes just seconds.

  1. Open your document. On the ribbon, select Design.

    A Word document with the Design tab highlighted
  2. Highlight the text you want to put the border around.

    MS Word document with some text highlighted
  3. In the Page Background group, select Page Borders.

    A Word document with the Page Borders button highlighted
  4. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select the Borders tab.

    Borders and Shading menu in Word with the Borders tab highlighted
  5. Choose a style, color, and width for the border.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  6. Select OK.

    Borders and Shading menu with the OK button highlighted
  7. The border surrounds the text you initially chose.

    MS Word document with border around one paragraph of text

Remove a Text Border

If you later decide to remove the border, here's how to do it.

  1. Place the cursor anywhere within the bordered text. On the Design tab, in the Page Background group, select Page Borders.

    Word with the Page Borders button highlighted
  2. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select Borders.

    The Borders and Shading box in Word with the Borders tab highlighted
  3. Under Setting, select None.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the None setting highlighted
  4. Select OK.

    Borders and Shading window in Word with the OK button highlighted
  5. The border is removed from the document.

    MS Word document with text border removed
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