How to Add or Remove a Text Border in Word

Use a border to highlight important information in your Word doc

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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.

This article applies to Word for Office 365, Word for Office 365 for Mac, Word 2019, Word 2019 for Mac, Word 2016, Word 2016 for Mac, and Word 2013. 

Apply a Text Border

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 your 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 your 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