• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 4. Advanced Formatting > Borders & Shading

Borders & Shading

Borders and shading are two separate features that can work together to emphasize text:

  • Borders enables you to place lines above, below, to the left, or to the right of selected characters or paragraphs (Figure 24).

    Figure 24. Borders and shading can emphasize text.

  • Page borders enables you to place simple or graphic borders at the top, bottom, left, or right sides of document pages (Figure 25).

    Figure 25. Page borders can make a page look fancy.

  • Shading enables you to add color or shades of gray to selected characters or paragraphs (Figure 24).

Tips

  • How borders and shading are applied depends on how text is selected:

    • To apply borders or shading to characters, select the characters.

    • To apply borders or shading to a paragraph, click in the paragraph or select the entire paragraph.

    • To apply borders or shading to multiple paragraphs, select the paragraphs.

    • To apply page borders to all pages in a document, click anywhere in the document.

    • To apply page borders to a specific document section, click anywhere in that section.

  • When applying borders to selected text characters (as opposed to selected paragraphs), you must place a border around each side, creating a box around the text.


To apply text borders with the Formatting Palette

1.
Select the text to which you want to apply borders.

2.
If necessary, display the Formatting Palette and its Borders and Shading options (Figure 26).

Figure 26. The Formatting Palette with the Borders and Shading options displayed.


3.
Choose a border type from the Border Type pop-up menu (Figure 27).

Figure 27. The Border Type pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette.


4.
Choose a border style from the Style pop-up menu (Figure 28).

Figure 28. The Style pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette.


5.
Choose a border color from the Color pop-up menu (Figure 29).

Figure 29. The Color pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette.


6.
Choose a border weight from the Weight pop-up menu (Figure 30).

Figure 30. The Weight pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette.


Tips

  • You can apply more than one border to selected paragraphs. For example, if you want a top and bottom border, choose the top border option and then choose the bottom border option. Both are applied.

  • Some border options apply more than one border. For example, the outside border option (top left button) applies the outside border as well as the top, bottom, left, and right borders.

  • Clicking the Border Type or Border Color button on the Formatting Palette applies the border type or border color that appears on the button, which is the last type or color chosen.


To apply text borders with the Borders and Shading dialog

1.
Select the text to which you want to apply borders.

2.
Choose Format > Borders and Shading (Figure 5).

3.
Click the Borders tab in the Borders and Shading dialog that appears to display its options (Figure 31).

Figure 31. The Borders tab of the Borders and Shading dialog.


4.
Click a Setting icon to select the type of border. All options except None and Custom place borders around each side of the selected text.

5.
Click a style in the Style scrolling list to select a line style.

6.
Choose a line color from the Color pop-up menu (Figure 32). If you choose Automatic, Word applies the color specified in the paragraph style applied to the text.

Figure 32. The Color pop-up menu.


7.
Choose a line thickness from the Width pop-up menu (Figure 33).

Figure 33. The Width pop-up menu.


8.
If necessary, choose an option from the Apply to pop-up menu (Figure 34). The Preview area changes accordingly.

Figure 34. The Apply to pop-up menu.


9.
To apply custom borders, click the buttons in the Preview area to add or remove a line using the settings in the dialog.

10.
When the Preview area illustrates the kind of border that you want to apply, click OK.

Tips

  • You can repeat steps 5 through 7 and 9 to customize each border of a custom paragraph border.

  • You can further customize a paragraph border by clicking the Options button to display the Border and Shading Options dialog (Figure 35). Set options as desired and click OK to return to the Borders and Shading dialog.

    Figure 35. The Border and Shading Options dialog for text borders.


To remove text borders

1.
Select the text from which you want to remove borders.

2.
Click the No Borders button (the second button on the bottom row) on the Border Type pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette (Figure 27).

or

1.
Select the text from which you want to remove borders.

2.
Choose Format > Borders and Shading (Figure 5) and click the Borders tab in the Borders and Shading dialog that appears (Figure 31).

3.
Click the None icon.

4.
Click OK.

To apply page borders

1.
If necessary, position the insertion point in the section of the document to which you want to apply page borders.

2.
Choose Format > Borders and Shading (Figure 5).

3.
Click the Page Border tab in the Borders and Shading dialog that appears to display its options (Figure 36).

Figure 36. The Page Border tab of the Borders and Shading dialog.


4.
Click a Setting icon to select the type of border. All options except None and Custom place borders around each side of the page.

5.
Click a style in the Style scrolling list to select a line style. Then choose a line color from the Color pop-up menu (Figure 32) and a line thickness from the Width pop-up menu (Figure 33).

or

Select a graphic from the Art pop-up menu (Figure 37).

Figure 37. The Art pop-up menu.


6.
If necessary, choose an option from the Apply to pop-up menu (Figure 38).

Figure 38. The Apply To pop-up menu.


7.
To apply custom borders, click the buttons in the Preview area to add or remove a line using the settings in the dialog.

8.
When the Preview area illustrates the kind of border that you want to apply, click OK.

Tips

  • You can repeat steps 5 and 7 to customize each border of a custom border.

  • You can further customize a border by clicking the Options button in the Borders and Shading dialog to display the Border and Shading Options dialog (Figure 39). Set options as desired and click OK to return to the Borders and Shading dialog.

    Figure 39. The Border and Shading Options dialog for page borders.


To remove page borders

1.
Position the insertion point in the section from which you want to remove borders.

2.
Choose Format > Borders and Shading (Figure 5) and click the Page Border tab in the Borders and Shading dialog that appears (Figure 36).

3.
Click the None icon.

4.
Click OK.

To apply shading with the Formatting Palette

1.
Select the text to which you want to apply shading.

2.
If necessary, display the Formatting Palette and its Borders and Shading options (Figure 26).

3.
Choose a shading percentage or pattern from the Pattern pop-up menu (Figure 40).

Figure 40. The Pattern pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette.


4.
Choose a foreground color from the Pattern Color pop-up menu (Figure 41).

Figure 41. The Pattern Color pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette.


5.
Choose a background color from the Fill Color pop-up menu (Figure 42).

Figure 42. The Fill Color pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette.


Tip

  • Use text shading with care. If overdone or if the pattern is too “busy,” the text you have shaded may be impossible to read!


To apply shading with the Borders and Shading dialog

1.
Select the text to which you want to apply shading.

2.
Choose Format > Borders and Shading (Figure 5).

3.
Click the Shading tab in the Borders and Shading dialog that appears to display its options (Figure 43).

Figure 43. The Shading tab of the Borders and Shading dialog.


4.
Click a Fill color or shade to select it.

5.
To create a pattern, choose an option from the Style pop-up menu (Figure 44) and then choose a color from the Color pop-up menu (Figure 32).

Figure 44. The Style pop-up menu in the Patterns area.


6.
If necessary, choose an option from the Apply to pop-up menu (Figure 34). The Preview area changes accordingly.

7.
When the Preview area illustrates the kind of shading that you want to apply, click OK.

To remove shading

1.
Select the text from which you want to remove shading.

2.
Choose Clear from the Pattern pop-up menu on the Formatting Palette (Figure 40). Then choose No Fill from both the Fill color and Pattern color pop-up menus (Figures 41 and 42).

or

1.
Select the text from which you want to remove shading.

2.
Choose Format > Borders and Shading (Figure 5) and click the Shading tab in the Borders and Shading dialog that appears (Figure 43).

3.
Click the No Fill button in the Fill area.

4.
Choose Clear from the Style pop-up menu (Figure 44).

5.
Click OK.

  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint