Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Controlling Border Width
Controlling Border Width
When you create a simple border, the default line width is 0.5 point, which is a simple, thin
line. If you want to create a more dramatic effect—whether you leave the line black or add
color—you can change the width of the line. To change line width, display the Borders And
Shading dialog box, click the Width arrow, and then click the width you want. Available
point sizes include 1 / 4 , 1 / 2 , 3 / 4 , 1, 1 1 / 2 , 2 1 / 4 , 3, 4 1 / 2 , and 6.
You can use line widths to create a special effect for partial borders. For example, to
add a wide line above and below content, select the area you want to enclose between
the lines, display the Borders And Shading dialog box, and then on the Borders tab,
click the Custom setting. Select a line style, click the Width arrow, and then choose a
larger point size, such as 3 point. In the Preview area, click the top-horizontal edge of
the preview page. A line is added to the top border. Next, click the bottom-horizontal
edge of the preview page then click OK. Word adds the thick line border above and
below the selected area.
Creating Partial Borders
Not every paragraph, table, or object you enclose in a border needs four lines surrounding
it. You might want to add only two lines—perhaps along the top and right side of a
paragraph—to help set it apart from an article that appears beside it. You might use only a top
and bottom rule to contain your table of contents. Or you might use a single line to set off
a quotation from the main text in a report or to mark the start of a new section.
Creating a partial border is a simple task, and you use the Custom Setting option and the
Preview area of the Borders And Shading dialog box to accomplish it. Here are the steps:
1. Click in a table or paragraph, or select the information around which you want to
create the border.
2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Borders button.
3. On the Borders tab, click the Custom setting. Specify the border’s line style, color,
and width.
In the Preview area, click each edge of the preview paragraph to indicate where
border lines should appear, or click the buttons that correspond to the edge or edges
that should have a border line.
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