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Applying Borders and Shading

To enhance the appearance of the text in a paragraph, you can format it using the buttons in the Paragraph group on the Home tab. You can quickly add a border and shading to selected text. When you add a border, you can specify what sides you want to include or exclude. For example, you can add a border on just the top and the bottom and leave the sides open. Shading colors the background behind the selected text or paragraph. If you want to customize borders and shading by changing line style, color, and width preferences, you can make changes in the Borders and Shading dialog box.

Apply a Border

  • y_1.jpg Select the paragraph text you want to format.
  • y_2.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • y_3.jpg Click the Borders and Shading button arrow, and then click to select the border commands to add or remove a border.

Apply Paragraph Shading

  • y_1.jpg Select the paragraph text you want to format.
  • y_2.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • y_3.jpg Click the Shading button arrow, and then click to select the shading color you want to apply to the selected text.

Apply Paragraph Shading and Borders

  • y_1.jpg Select the paragraph text you want to format.
  • y_2.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • y_3.jpg Click the Borders and Shading button arrow, and then click Borders and Shading.
  • y_4.jpg Click the Borders tab.
  • y_5.jpg Click to select the type of Setting you want for your border.
  • y_6.jpg Click to select the type of Style.
  • y_7.jpg Apply any other options you want.
  • y_8.jpg Look in the preview box to see the new border.
  • y_9.jpg Click the Shading tab.
  • y_10.jpg Click to select the shading fill color you want to apply to your table.
  • y_11.jpg Apply any other options you want.
  • y_12.jpg Look in the preview box to see the new shading color.
  • y_13.jpg Click OK.
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