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.

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.

    MS Word with Design tab displayed
  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.

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

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  5. Choose a style, color, and width for your border.

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

    MS Word with Page Borders command selected
  2. In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select Borders. Under Setting, select None. Select OK.

    MS Word with Borders and Shading dialog box displayed
  3. The border is removed from the document.

    MS Word document with text border removed