Add an AutoShape to a slide. You'll find that option on the Drawing toolbar. Use any AutoShape you like, but start out with something simple.
With the AutoShape selected, choose a contrasting color for the border using the Line Color tool on the Drawing toolbar.
Using the Line Style tool, choose 6 pt. A thick line shows the pattern best. At this point, you have a thick, contrasting border.
Now, you're ready to add a pattern. From the Line Color icon, choose Patterned Lines.
Select a pattern and click OK. The finished product is an AutoShape with a patterned border.
Getting the right look can take a bit of experimentation, but it's worth it.
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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.