Adding Borders to Microsoft Word

If you want to add text to the borders, you will need a program like Microsoft Word. Below are some tips on resolving common issues and a tutorial on using the borders in Word.

The Border Doesn't Work in Microsoft Word

The most common cause of this is trying to open the zip file in Microsoft Word instead of extracting the files first. View our tutorial how to extract files from the zip file. You can use the files in Word once they have been extracted.

I Can't Add Text

The borders are only images, so you need to use software like Microsoft Word to add text. Read the tutorial below for instructions on adding text with MS Word 2010.

This tutorial covers the basics of using Microsoft Word 2010 to add text to a border. The process is likely similar for most recent versions of Word, but you may have to look in different locations for certain features.

1. Remove Margins

Setting custom margins in MS Word 2010

1. Go to Page Layout, click on the Margins button, and select Custom Margins.

How to remove margins in Microsoft Word 2010

2. Set the top, left, bottom, and right margins to 0.

2. Add the Image to Your Document

Using Insert tab for inserting a picture

1. There are two ways to add the image. The easiest way is to simply drag the image file from a Windows Explorer folder into your document in Microsoft Word. Alternatively, select the Insert tab and click on Picture.

Selecting and inserting image from a folder

2. A window will open to allow you to find and select the border image. Click Insert to add the image to your document. If you removed the margins correctly, the border should fill the entire document as shown below:

A page border after inserting it into the document

3. Adjust Wrap Text Setting

Adjusting wrap text settings for a page border

To prevent other items from interfering with this image's position, right click on the image and select the Behind Text option under the Wrap Text menu item. Wrap Text settings can also be found in the Format tab.

3. Add Text to the Border

Inserting a text box in Microsoft Word

1. Go to the Insert tab and click on Text Box. Select Simple Text Box to add the text box to your document.

Moving a text box in Microsoft Word

2. Move the text box by hovering over the edge of the box until you see the mouse cursor change to a move icon (four arrows). Left click and drag the box to move it.

Resizing a text box in Microsoft Word

3. The box can also be resized. Hover over the squares on the sides of the box or the circles in the corners until you see the cursor change to a resize icon (double arrow). You can then resize the box by left clicking with the mouse and dragging.

Positioning a text box in Microsoft Word

4. Position the text box by clicking the Format tab and clicking on Position. The middle option will center the box vertically and horizontally.

Removing the border from a text box

5. Text boxes include a border by default. If you want to remove this, go to the Format tab, click on Shape Outline and select No Outline. You may want to do this as the last step so the box is visible while you are working (the box is only visible when selected if you have set it to have no outline).

An example of a border with text added

6. Add text after you have finished setting up the text box. You can format text just like you can in a full document. This includes alignment, fonts, colors, sizes, etc. The example above is a heading and paragraph that demonstrates some basic edits to things like fonts and color.