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Create professional-looking page borders in Word 2007

Whether you're creating a flyer for your company bulletin board or the cover page for your quarterly department report, adding a professional-looking page border can help attract attention to your work. With Word 2007's Page Layout Ribbon, you can quickly add a border to any page of your document. Here's how.

Whether you're creating a flyer for your company bulletin board or the cover page for your quarterly department report, adding a professional-looking page border can help attract attention to your work. With Word 2007's Page Layout Ribbon, you can quickly add a border to any page of your document.

For example, to add a border to the title page of your report, follow these steps:

  1. Click anywhere on the title page.
  2. Click the Page Layout tab.
  3. Click the Page Borders command in the Page Background group.
  4. Under Setting, select Box.
  5. Scroll through the Style drop-down list and click a style of your choice.
  6. Click the Color drop-down list and click a color of your choice.
  7. Click the Apply To drop-down list and select This Section -- First Page Only.
  8. Click OK.

If you wish to use one of the built-in art borders instead, in step 5, click and scroll through the Art drop-down list and select the design of your choice.

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10 comments
martha.lapierre
martha.lapierre

How do I change the position of the page borders so they are not so close to the edges of the paper?

cgarude
cgarude

Check your margins and the width of the borders. You might want to completely remove the borders, select normal margins, then add the borders for the entire page set at say 1' and then check the print preview.

selfcarenwellness
selfcarenwellness

what happens when the borders don't print on the bottom of the page

n4aof
n4aof

Will the next article tell us the secret trick to making text more visible by clicking on the Bold button? While Word 2007 moved the page border from a menu to a tab, the steps are essentially identical to those in the last several versions of Word. The results gained by following these instructions are ok, but nothing spectacular. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but I have to wonder who is the target audience for this level of tip? This tip does not seem to be at a level appropriate to most of the TechRepublic subscribers. Perhaps if the author had mentioned the ability to use custom colors for the page border and offered some not-so-obvious examples (such as the color codes for a metalic looking gold border if you've got a good color printer)... When I read articles at TechRepublic I am expecting to see something more than just click menu one, click submenu two, clice sub-submenu three.

ssharkins
ssharkins

My first guess would be to check your paper size. I don't think your problem's going to be that easy, but that's where I'd start.

ssharkins
ssharkins

The TechRepublic audience is huge and readers fall into all categories and levels of expertise. Finding something for everyone is a daily challenge. Interestingly, I've found that some of my simplest tips have been the most popular. You just never know what people will find useful. Don't worry about being too harsh, we can take it. :) However, I would invite you to look around -- you won't find every tip useful, but I'm hopeful that you'll glean something you didn't know before. In regards to this particular tip -- if you think you have additional ideas that would make it even more helpful, please feel free to share. You might inspire someone. I've learned a lot from readers.

Rndmacts
Rndmacts

It is not a useless tip but for myself I find the use of borders a useless waste of ink. I do not like reading reports, newsletters, etc. with page borders. It only clutters the document and adds no visual interest. Most users who do discover page borders tend to get overly elaborate, therefore distracting the reader from the content.

ssharkins
ssharkins

I agree with you. Everything in a report needs a purpose. Use only what you need, and that includes graphics--only when they serve a true purpose. I'm not saying a graphic needs to relate to the data, but to the report's purpose. An architect or artist sales rep might need a more artistic (graphic) report for clients than say the exec who's reviewing sales figures, regardless of the industry.

ssharkins
ssharkins

Other than checking the Page Setup settings, I haven't a clue. I'm sorry.

Hardware_Jinx
Hardware_Jinx

After adding border. Looks fine on computer screen. But the border is off-center on the paper. Checked paper in the printer tray - seem ok. Printer is HP Photosmart D7160. Using MS Office 2003. Any suggestions?

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