Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Command Attention with Borders and Shading
ChAPTER 19
Command Attention with Borders
and Shading
Adding a Simple Border . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 587
Creating Enhanced Borders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 588
Creating Partial Borders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 596
Adding a Border to a Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597
Adding Borders to Sections and Paragraphs . . . . . . . . . 600
Adjusting Border Spacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 601
Inserting Horizontal Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 603
Adding Borders to Pictures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 604
Adding Table Borders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 605
Applying Shading Behind Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 606
What’s Next? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609
Borders and shading are two of those features that are super easy to apply but can
make a big difference in the way your document looks to your readers. Adding a
border to a sidebar can give the section a professional look it might not achieve just
hanging out there in your text. Adding a background shade can help you call attention to
a particular paragraph or two. And by fine-tuning borders on a table, section, or page, you
can add a simple but sophisticated design element that keeps your readers’ interest and
gives your document that “put together” look.
This chapter shows you how to add and customize the borders and shading in your
document, whether you want to apply the features to paragraphs, sections, your whole document,
or tables and images on the page.
Some of the reasons you might want to use borders and shading include:
You want to create a border around a table.
You want to format a heading that includes white text on a colorful background.
You need a shaded sidebar for a section of text that accompanies an article.
You would like to add a border around a table of contents so that readers can find
it easily.
Adding a Simple Border
To quickly and easily add a plain border to an item in your document, on the Home tab,
in the Paragraph group, click the arrow to the right of the Borders button. A list of border
options appears, as shown in Figure 19-1. Click Outside Border to enclose the selected item
in a border (or choose another Border option if you prefer). Your most recent selection also
becomes the option shown on the face of the button, on the assumption that you might
want to use it again soon.
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