How to Make a Frame in PowerPoint

By Kathryn Hatashita-Lee

PowerPoint includes a gallery of shape styles for borders.
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PowerPoint contains border options to help you enhance a slide and its contents in your presentation. For example, a colored line set at a wide width can frame a photograph of your newest product shown to your clients. PowerPoint’s Drawing Tools options lets you update these borders with a few clicks of the mouse to adapt to a theme or style that suits your project.

Open the PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to insert the frame.

Click in the placeholder to display the Drawing Tools ribbon with its Format tab.

Click the “Format” tab on the Drawing Tools ribbon.

Click the “More” arrow button on the gallery of thumbnail images in the Shape Styles group to view all the border thumbnails.

Click the preferred thumbnail of the border to frame the placeholder.

Right-click the framed placeholder to open a list of options, and then click “Format Shape” to open the Format Shape pane.

Click the “Fill & Line” button that displays a tipping paint can icon to open the list of options.

Click to select an option or type a value in the fields in the Line section to update this border. For example, click the “Color” button to open the sample color chart and then click the preferred color sample. Other editing options include adjusting the border width by typing a value in the Width field.

Click the border to display the pull handles, and then click and drag these handles to resize the border on the slide.


Remember to save this presentation.

If the command ribbon does not display, click the "Normal" button on the status bar to bring up the ribbon and the slide pane.

If you click a placeholder that contains an inserted image, the Picture Tools' Format tab will show the Picture Styles gallery.

Other editing tools on the Format tab include the Shape Outline and Shape Effects options in the Drawing group.