3 ways to create awesome borders on Google Docs

Vlad Turiceanu
by Vlad Turiceanu
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Documents, sheets and slides aren’t always easy to organise and find on a computer. The solution comes from Google and it’s called Google Docs.

Google Docs is part of a free office-suite provided by Google within the Google Drive service. It includes Google Sheets and Google Slides, and all of this is happening online.

The office-suite is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats and it’s available on multiple platforms including Android, IOS, Blackberry, Windows, Chrome OS, and most importantly it’s available as a web app.

This application allows creating and editing documents online by multiple users in real time.

Despite all it’s features, many users complain about the lack of a bordering tool. If you need borders on a document, there aren’t many options and it’s a bit of a gimmicky process.

How can I add page borders in Google Docs?

The easiest way to add a border is by creating a 1 by 1 table. For most of the projects this solution should work perfectly. Additionally, you can create a border by drawing it or by inserting a picture frame file into your document.

In any case, let’s find out how to create borders on a Google document.

Steps to add page borders in Google Docs

The first thing that you should do is to check the Templates that the app offers. Maybe one of them fits your project and you won’t need to create a border manually.add a page border in Google Docs templates

1. Create a 1 by 1 table

If none of the Templates is what you need, then we can move on to creating the border:

  1. Go to your Google Docs page and in the Start a new document choose Blank.google docs blank document
  2. Now in the Menu click on Insert > Table > 1 x 1.google docs table
  3. Resize the cell to fit your needs.
  4. In the top-right you will have the border options: Background colour, Border colour, Border width and Border dash. You can change the format in the manner that you see fit.google docs border options

That’s it. You know have a border on you document and you can add text, pictures and other things inside the cell created at step 2.

2. Draw the border

Additionally, you can create the same border from the Drawing menu as well:

  1. Go to your Google Docs page and in the Start a new document choose Blank.google docs templates
  2. In the Menu click on Insert > Drawing > New.google docs new drawing
  3. In the top menu click on Shape > Shapes and choose how you want your border to look.google docs shapes
  4. Once a shape created, a Border menu will appear and from there you can format the border.
  5. In the end click Save and Close.google docs drawing save
  6. The border will appear on your document.
  7. If you want to change the format after you saved, click on the border in the document and a menu will appear. Click Edit.google docs border edit

3. Insert a border picture file

In the end, if you’re not satisfied with the result, you can always download and insert a frame/border picture file as a background for the document.

Just be sure to stretch it, if needed, and the resolution is high enough. After that, insert a text frame and you’re good to go.

Hope that this solutions worked for you. If you have any other suggestions or question, reach for the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.