How to Make a Colorful Border in Word

By Kirk Bennet

Microsoft Word 2010 is a complex program that has a wide array of tools and settings to help you create business documents for your employees and clients. You can add some interesting effects to your Word documents, including borders. Add borders to single pages or to the entire document, and use a different border color for each page to make your document stand out or to emphasize certain elements within it.

Launch Microsoft Word and open a saved document or new blank one.

Click the "Page Layout" tab, and then click the "Page Borders" button in the Page Background group. The "Borders and Shading" window opens with the Page Border tab selected by default.

Click "Box" in the Setting pane to apply a box-like border.

Select the style of your border in the Style pane and its width in the "Width" box.

Select the color for the border in the "Color" box; select where to apply the border in the "Apply To" box. Select either "Whole document" to apply the border to the entire document, or "This section" to apply it to the selected page.

Click "OK" to make the border and close the "Borders and Shading" window.

Press "Ctrl-S" to save the latest version of your document.


Select the "This section" option in the "Apply To" box, go to a different page and create another border with a different color.