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Setting page borders

From: Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

Video: Setting page borders

Page borders are borders that appear around the entire page of text. They fit around the outside of the page's normal print area, between the margins and the edge of the paper. Although page borders can be applied throughout multi-page documents, I often use them for single page flyers or signs like this one. You've probably seen signs like this around the office, someone's attempt to share important information without making an ugly handwritten sign. Let's see how we could put a border around a page like this.

Setting page borders

Page borders are borders that appear around the entire page of text. They fit around the outside of the page's normal print area, between the margins and the edge of the paper. Although page borders can be applied throughout multi-page documents, I often use them for single page flyers or signs like this one. You've probably seen signs like this around the office, someone's attempt to share important information without making an ugly handwritten sign. Let's see how we could put a border around a page like this.

To set a page border, click the Layout button on the ribbon, and then click the Borders button under Page Background. You can also open up this dialog by pulling down the Format menu, choosing Borders and Shading, and then when the dialog appears, click the Page Border button. You can apply a page border a number of ways. One way is to select one of the predefined borders under Setting. We got Box, Shadow, 3-D. They're quick and easy to use, but they're not very interesting. A better way is to create a custom border.

You select the style, color, and width, and Word automatically applies it to all sides in the Preview area. So let's give this a try. We'll choose a style, maybe this one here, and a color, try this red color. Then choose a width, a slightly wider width maybe. As you notice here, Word has applied it in this Preview area. To apply the finish border, just click OK. Word applies it to your document. This one also has a drop shadow, because we've chosen the drop shadow setting.

This isn't bad, but we can do better. So we'll go back into that dialog. I'll click the Borders button. This time, we're going to use the Art menu. This has a lot of different pictures on it that you might find useful. So I'll scroll down here, and I think I'm going to use these clocks. I'll select the clocks, and they'll appear over here in the border. Then I can use the width area to change the width of them to make them smaller or larger. I will make them little bit smaller. When I click OK, they're applied as a border around the document.

Now if you don't want to use color, you can choose different options from that Art menu. Just select the Art menu again, scroll down, and you'll see a whole bunch of borders that are in black-and-white, including a couple of really nice Art Deco ones. So choose one that you like, and again, you can change the width in here if you want to, make it wider or narrower. Then when you click OK, it's applied to the whole document. I want to point out that you can use the Options button here to change settings for it. For example, if you click that button, you can change the Margin area.

You can add more space between the margin of the document and the border by just increasing the values that are in here. When you set the new values, just click OK, and it'll change. I'm not going to make any changes there. To remove the board, you can click None. Then when you click OK, that will remove the border from the document. I'm going to leave it as it is. So I'm just going to click Cancel here, and that border should remain. I do want to make one more change in this document though, and it has nothing to do with borders. What's bugging me is that the document text is gathered up near the top of the page.

I wanted to fill the page. I can do that with the Document dialog. So I'll pull down the Format menu, and I'll choose Document, and then click the Layout button, which is already selected here. What I want to change is the Vertical alignment. Right now, it's set to Top, which is normal. The text normally starts at the top of the page. But if I pull this menu down, I can either center it on the page, justify it on the page, which means to spread it out throughout the whole page, or choose Bottom. I'm going to choose Center.

Then when I click OK, it centers that text in the middle of the page, and that looks a lot better. So as we've seen, you can place a border around a page of text. The border fits into the otherwise empty margin area between the document text, and then edges of the paper. If this were a multi-page document, this border would be repeated on every page. Page borders have limited use, but I'm sure you'll come up with something to use them for, even if it's the next "clean out your stale food" message posted on the lunchroom fridge.

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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Word processing basics
      3m 9s
    3. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 21m 53s
    1. Menus, shortcut keys, and toolbars
      3m 43s
    2. The Ribbon
      2m 32s
    3. The Toolbox and the Media Browser
      2m 27s
    4. The Sidebar
      1m 42s
    5. Document views
      5m 24s
    6. Navigating windows and documents
      6m 5s
  3. 13m 40s
    1. Using the Document Gallery
      4m 51s
    2. Creating documents
      1m 51s
    3. Opening, saving, and closing documents
      6m 58s
  4. 14m 20s
    1. Entering text
      5m 33s
    2. Inserting and deleting text
      2m 34s
    3. Using Click and Type to enter text
      3m 26s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      2m 47s
  5. 27m 28s
    1. Selecting and editing text
      6m 34s
    2. Copying and moving text
      7m 1s
    3. Using the Scrapbook
      4m 38s
    4. Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions
      4m 36s
    5. Finding and replacing text
      4m 39s
  6. 24m 50s
    1. Font formatting basics
      9m 0s
    2. Applying font formatting
      7m 12s
    3. Using the Font dialog
      4m 35s
    4. Formatting with the Find and Replace dialog
      4m 3s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Paragraph formatting basics
      9m 39s
    2. Setting justification and line spacing
      2m 17s
    3. Indenting paragraphs
      4m 37s
    4. Using list formats
      5m 41s
    5. Setting paragraph formatting options
      5m 4s
  8. 14m 33s
    1. Understanding tab tables
      4m 15s
    2. Creating a tab table with the Ruler
      5m 20s
    3. Creating a tab table with the Tabs dialog
      4m 58s
  9. 20m 31s
    1. Understanding styles and themes
      2m 36s
    2. Applying styles
      6m 32s
    3. Reformatting with Quick Style sets and themes
      2m 37s
    4. Modifying styles
      4m 28s
    5. Creating and deleting styles
      4m 18s
  10. 13m 22s
    1. Revealing formatting
      4m 24s
    2. Using the Format Painter
      1m 38s
    3. Creating drop caps
      3m 34s
    4. Using AutoFormat on text
      3m 46s
  11. 27m 29s
    1. Setting margins
      4m 3s
    2. Adding page and section breaks
      4m 54s
    3. Setting multiple columns
      8m 11s
    4. Varying page orientation within a document
      2m 43s
    5. Inserting page numbers
      2m 47s
    6. Adding watermarks and background images
      4m 51s
  12. 13m 39s
    1. Using built-in headers and footers
      5m 34s
    2. Manually creating headers and footers
      4m 0s
    3. Setting multiple headers and footers in a document
      4m 5s
  13. 18m 54s
    1. Creating a cell table
      3m 42s
    2. Entering and formatting table text
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying table structure
      5m 34s
    4. Using table styles
      2m 49s
    5. Converting between tab and cell tables
      2m 33s
  14. 18m 12s
    1. Adding borders to text and paragraphs
      5m 38s
    2. Adding borders to table cells
      3m 47s
    3. Setting page borders
      4m 13s
    4. Applying shading
      4m 34s
  15. 16m 56s
    1. Using the Media Browser to insert media
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting media from a file
      2m 36s
    3. Formatting images
      4m 30s
    4. Wrapping text around an image
      2m 27s
    5. Inserting and formatting a text box
      3m 59s
  16. 13m 17s
    1. Using AutoCorrect and AutoFormat As You Type
      9m 26s
    2. Using AutoText and AutoComplete
      3m 51s
  17. 17m 28s
    1. Building an outline
      4m 26s
    2. Rearranging outline components
      3m 39s
    3. Viewing outlines
      4m 9s
    4. Numbering outline headings
      5m 14s
  18. 26m 49s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      8m 19s
    2. Using reference tools
      4m 30s
    3. Inserting footnotes and endnotes
      6m 27s
    4. Using the Word Count feature
      2m 49s
    5. Compiling a table of contents
      4m 44s
  19. 17m 44s
    1. Adding comments
      2m 46s
    2. Tracking changes
      7m 45s
    3. Merging and comparing documents
      4m 28s
    4. Sharing documents with others
      2m 45s
  20. 18m 54s
    1. Using letter templates
      8m 5s
    2. Creating envelopes
      6m 23s
    3. Creating labels
      4m 26s
  21. 12m 36s
    1. Setting Document Security options
      9m 0s
    2. Using Privacy options
      3m 36s
  22. 14m 31s
    1. Setting Page Setup Options
      4m 12s
    2. Previewing a document
      2m 13s
    3. Printing to a printer
      4m 11s
    4. Printing to PDF
      3m 55s
  23. 11m 9s
    1. Using Word's Macro Recorder
      9m 18s
    2. Understanding macro security
      1m 51s
  24. 12m 28s
    1. Customizing toolbars and menus
      6m 0s
    2. Customizing Word's shortcut keys
      3m 38s
    3. Customizing the Ribbon
      2m 50s
  25. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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