Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Dressing Up Your Border
To apply one of the Setting options shown in the Borders And Shading dialog box, click
in the paragraph, table, image, or other element that you want to format, or select text or
cells. Then display the Borders And Shading dialog box and click the Setting selection on
the Borders tab. If you don’t want to make any additional changes, you can simply click OK
to return to your document.
The border is added to the current text, table, or selected object. If the cursor is positioned
in a new blank paragraph before you display the Borders And Shading dialog box, the
border appears around the insertion point and expands as you type, including added
paragraphs, images, tables, and other elements.
To end the expansion of the border, either click outside the formatted area or press Enter at
the end of the formatted area, and then format the new blank paragraph marker by using
the No Border setting on the Borders button.
Note
If you add a border and decide that you don’t like it, you can do away with it
immediately by clicking Undo in the Quick Access Toolbar at the top of the Word window
or by pressing Ctrl+Z. You can also click the Borders tool in the Paragraph group and
select No Border to clear the border lines.
troubleshooting
The changes I made to the borders in my table disappeared.
If you change the border or shading of a table and discover that the changes you
specified weren’t made when you closed the Borders And Shading dialog box, it could be
because the table’s formatting marks weren’t selected properly before you applied
formatting options. To avoid this problem, click Show/Hide in the Paragraph group
on the Home tab to display all of the formatting characters in your document before
you apply formatting. Then select the table, making sure to include the end-of-row
marks at the ends of the rows. Next, right-click the table, choose Borders And Shading
to display the Borders And Shading dialog box, and then enter your settings. Because
the table formatting marks are included, the changes should stick after you close the
Borders And Shading dialog box.
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