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Microsoft Word 2007

Borders and Shading Options

Borders and shading help you to emphasize information and guide a reader's eye through a document. When adding borders and shading, remember that they are both applied to entire paragraphs. This document covers the following options for adding borders and shading to paragraphs.

return to topBorders and Shading Options : Ribbon Option

Use the Home command tab to quickly add borders and shading to paragraphs. Both borders and shading can be applied to the same paragraph.

Adding Borders and Shading

  1. From the Ribbon, select the Home command tab
    Within the Paragraph section, the Shading and Border options are available.
    Paragraph section

  2. Select the paragraph(s) to which you want to add shading and/or border(s)

  3. To add a border, click BORDERS Down Arrow» select the desired border option

  4. To add shading, click thedown arrow buttonnext to SHADINGshading arrow» select the desired shading option

Removing Borders and Shading

  1. Select the paragraph containing the border or shading you want to remove

  2. To remove the border, click BORDERSborders button» select No Border

  3. To remove the shading, click thedown arrow buttonnext to SHADINGshading arrow» select No Color

Modifying Borders and Shading

  1. Select the paragraph containing the border or shading you want to modify

  2. To modify the border, click BORDERSborders button» select the desired border option

  3. To modify the shading, click thedown arrow buttonnext to SHADINGshading arrow» select the desired shading option

return to top Borders and Shading Options: Dialog Box Option

To view the Borders and Shading dialog box:

  1. Select the paragraph(s) to which you want to add shading and/or border(s)

  2. From the Ribbon, select the Home command tab

  3. Within the Paragraph section, click BORDERS Down Arrow» select Borders and Shading...
    The Borders and Shading dialog box appears.
    borders and shading dialog box

Adding Borders

  1. Select the paragraph(s) to which you want to add border(s)

  2. Open the Borders and Shading dialog box

  3. Select the Borders tab

  4. From the Style scroll box, select the desired border style

  5. From the Color pull-down list, select the desired border color

  6. From the Width pull-down list, select the desired border width

  7. Click OK

Modifying Borders

  1. Select the paragraph containing the border you want to modify

  2. Open the Borders and Shading dialog box

  3. Select the Borders tab » select the desired border option

  4. Click OK

Removing Borders

  1. Select the paragraph containing the border you want to remove

  2. Open the Borders and Shading dialog box

  3. Select the Borders tab

  4. Under Setting, select None

  5. Click OK

Adding Shading

  1. Select the paragraph(s) to which you want to add shading

  2. Open the Borders and Shading dialog box

  3. Select the Shading tab

  4. From the Fill pull-down list, select the desired fill effect

  5. OPTIONAL: Under Patterns, from the Style pull-down list, select the desired pattern style

  6. OPTIONAL: Under Patterns, from the Color pull-down list, select the desired pattern color

  7. Click OK

Modifying Shading

  1. Select the paragraph containing the shading you want to modify

  2. Open the Borders and Shading dialog box

  3. Select the Shading tab » select the desired shading option

  4. Click OK

Removing Shading

  1. Select the paragraph containing the shading you want to remove

  2. Open the Borders and Shading dialog box

  3. Select the Shading tab
    shading dialog box

  4. From the Fill pull-down list, select No Color

  5. In the Patterns section, from the Style pull-down list, select Clear

  6. Click OK

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