Borders and Shades in Word 2010

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Microsoft Word allows you to place a border on any or all of the four sides of selected text, paragraphs, and pages. You can also add many type of shading to the space occupied by selected text, paragraphs, and pages. This chapter will teach you how to add any of the borders ( left, right, top or bottom) around a text or paragraph or a page and how to add different shadows to them.

Add Borders To Text:

Following are the simple steps to add border to any text or paragraph.

Step (1): Select the text or paragraph to which you want to add border. You can use any of the text selection method to select the paragraph(s).

Step (2): Click the Border Button to display a list of options to put a border around the selected text or paragraph. You can select any of the option available by simply clicking over it.

Text Border

Step (3): Try to add different borders like left, right top or bottom by selecting different options from the border options.

Text Border2

Step (4): To delete the existing border, simply select No Border option from the border options.

Note: You can add a horizontal line by selecting Horizontal Line option from the boder options. Otherwise yype --- (three hyphens) and press ENTER. A single, light horizontal line will be created between the left and right margins.

Add Borders To Page:

You can add borders of your choice to word pages by following the simple steps given below.

Step (1): Click the Border Button to display a list of options to put a border. Select Border and Shading option available at the bottom of list of the options as shown in above screen capture. This will display a Border and Shading dialog box. This dialog box can be used to set borders and shading around a selected text or page borders.

Borders and Shading

Step (2): Click Page Border tab which will display a list of border settings, styles and options whether this border should be applied to the whole document or just one page or first page.

Step (3): You can use Preview section to disable or enable left, right , top or bottom borders of the page. Follow the given instruction in preview section itself.

Step (4): You can customize your border by setting its color, width by using different art available under style section.


Stylish Page Border

You can have similar or even better borders as given below.

Page Border

Add Shades To Text:

Following are the similar steps to add shades on a selected text or a paragraph(s).

Step (1): Click the Border Button to display a list of options to put a border. Select Border and Shading option available at the bottom of list of the options as shown in above screen capture. This will display a Border and Shading dialog box. This dialog box can be used to set borders and shading around a selected text or page borders.

Text Shading

Step (2): Click Shading tab which will display options to select fill, color and style and whether this border should be applied to Paragraph or Text.

Step (3): You can use Preview section to have an idea about the expected result. Once you are done, click OK button to apply the result.

Text Shades


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