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Microsoft Word 2008

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 : Toolbar Option

Use the Borders and Shading toolbar to quickly add borders and shading to paragraphs. Both borders and shading can be applied to the same paragraph.

The Borders and Shading Toolbar

The Borders and Shading toolbar allows you to customize aspects of the border and cells. This includes the type, style, color, weight, shading, and background color.

Borders and Shading toolbar

Name Image Description
Type Menu Type menu Allows you to select the type of border
Style Button Style button Allows you to select the style of border
Color Button Color button Allows you to select the color of the border
Weight Button Weight button Allows you to select the thickness of the border
Pattern Menu Pattern menu Allows you to select the degree of shading applied to the selected cells
Shading Color Button Shading color button Allows you to select the color of the shading of the selection
Background Color Button Background color button Allows you to select the color of the background of the selection

 

Adding Borders and Shading

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

  2. To add a border, click TYPEBorder button» select the desired border option

  3. To add shading, click thedown arrow buttonnext to COLORShading color button» 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 TYPEBorder button» select No Border

  3. To remove the shading, click thedown arrow buttonnext to COLORShading color button» select No Fill

Modifying Borders and Shading

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

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

  3. To modify the shading, click thedown arrow buttonnext to COLORShading color button» 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 Format menu, select Borders and Shading...
    The Borders and Shading dialog box appears.
    Borders and Shading dialog box: Borders tab

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 box, 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
    Borders and Shading dialog box: Shading tab

  4. From the Fill box, select No Color

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

  6. Click OK

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