Make your custom page border in a Word 2016 / 365 / 2019 document

Last updated: December 2019

Here’s a question i got from a colleague:

I am using Microsoft Word to prepare a summary document for a project i am about to hand at university. My question is related to adding borders into Word.. Is there a way to create a boxed page   and put it in my document?  I need to have an outside decorative four sided border in all my doc pages for the project review.

Yes, tou can definitely add a custom box border in your Word document pages and glad that we can help. Note that you can define several border styles and apply them to different sections of your doc, so that the for example, your first page has a custom look and feel. Read further for the  detailed procedure.

Insert custom page border to Word

  • Open your Word document, click on the Border drop box in the paragraph ribbon and select Borders and Shading.

2015-08-30 19_58_51-

  • Select the Page border, in the setting select how your border should be.
  • Click on your preferred options: None, Box, Shadow, 3-D.

2015-08-30 20_01_52-Borders and Shading

  • Also we can use the Custom option where we can choose where the border line should be in the page.
  • The selection can be done with the use of buttons available in the Preview option.

2015-08-30 20_02_32-Borders and Shading

  • Style option allows us to choose how the lines should be, like dotted lines , double lines and so on.
  • Color lets us to choose the color of the border line, Automatic color will be Black.
  • Width is the Border line width and can be adjusted accordingly to our opinion.
  • Art helps us to decorate the page border with some arts.

2015-08-30 20_03_13-Borders and Shading

Applying Page borders to each page

  • Applying page borders can also be done in the same Borders and Shading by selecting the Apply to drop down box below the preview.

2015-08-30 20_04_20-Document1 - Word

  • Whole document allows us to use the same border in the each page of the document.
  • This section allows us to only use the border for the particular section till we close the document, so the next time we use the document will not be inserted with a page border.
  • This section – first page only allows to insert the page border in the first page for the particular section.
  • This section – all except first page allows to insert page border to all pages except first page for the particular section.

2015-08-30 20_05_27-Borders and Shading

That’s it, we just added a border to our word document.

Add Word borders using Macros

A reader asked me whether he could use Visual Basic for Applications in order to work with Borders.

A complete walk through of VBA goes beyond the scope of this post, but here is a simple script that will allow you to automatically set a triple lined border in your document first section.


Sub AddBorders

ActiveDocument.Sections(1).Borders.OutsideLineStyle = wdLineStyleTriple

End Sub


You can obviously set different border styles, including colors,l ine width, art, shadows and what not.

Hope it helps!

1 thought on “Make your custom page border in a Word 2016 / 365 / 2019 document”

  1. So I see all kinds of page border clipart, but I can find zero instructions for how to get from the page border clipart to the page. It is so very frustrating. How about some instructions on that?

Leave a Comment