How to Put a Border around a Page of a Word 2010 Document

By Dan Gookin

Word 2010 borders are popular for pages, as well as for paragraphs, although this Word application can often be frustrating because the border may not print completely. Here’s a solution to the putting-a-border-around-a-page-of-text puzzle:

1Put the insertion pointer on the page you want to border.

For example, you might put it on the first page in your document.

Word's Borders and Shading dialog box.

2Click the Border command button and choose Borders and Shading from the bottom of the menu that appears.

The Borders and Shading dialog box appears.

3Click the Page Border tab.

Whoa! The Page Border tab looks exactly like the Borders tab.

4Choose the border you want by using a preset box or picking a line style, color, and width.

You can also select a funky art pattern from the Art drop-down list.

5Select which pages you want bordered from the Apply To drop-down list.

For example, you can select Whole Document to put borders on every page. To select the first page, choose the This Section–First Page Only item.

Border and Shading Options in Word.

6Click the Options button.

The Border and Shading Options dialog box appears.

7From the Measure From drop-down list, select the Text option.

The Edge of Page option just doesn’t work with most printers. Text does.

8To add more "air" between your text and the border, increase the values in the Margin area.

Adding to the Margin amounts gives you a border that looks like it’s based on the edges of the page, even though it’s using the Text option.

9Click OK.

The Border and Shading Option dialog box closes.

10Click OK to close the Borders and Shading dialog box.

Your page has a border, and that border will print in its entirety.