How to Add a Border in Google Docs? Try 5 Easy Ways

Create professional-looking documents with these great borders

by Vlad Turiceanu
Vlad Turiceanu
Vlad Turiceanu
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  • To customize your documents to suit your needs,  you must know how to add borders in Google Docs.
  • Knowing how to put a border around a text in Google Docs can enable you to evaluate any section of your document quickly.
  • There are multiple ways to achieve this result, one being an automatically generated border and another being a border drawn by hand.
  • To take your customization tools to the next level, the method described in this guide enables you also to put a border around the page on Google Docs.
How to create awesome borders on Google Docs

Documents, sheets, and slides aren’t always easy to organize 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. In addition, it includes Google Sheets and Google Slides, which are 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 a web app.

This application allows the creation and editing of documents online by multiple users in real time.

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

The easiest way to add a border is by creating a 1-by-1 table. For most projects, this solution should work perfectly.

You can also create a border by drawing it or inserting a picture frame file into your document.

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

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

What are borders in Google Docs?

Borders are lines that encase the entire text of your document or paragraphs, making the design of your finished document stand out from the crowd.

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Whether creating a CV, presentation, or simply noting information for yourself, an organized and good-looking document will always be the best way to go.

Borders offer your document a plus of style, allowing you to make a document seem playful and fun or serious and assertive.

It all comes down to your choice and which of the following methods you will use, as some offer more customization than others.

Do I need to put a border in Google Docs?

Borders are not needed in Google Docs by default, but, as mentioned above, they can make your document stand out.

This can have huge implications if you compete for a job with many others or present your project in a meeting.

Improving the overall aesthetics of a document can give you an edge in all situations and allow you to express yourself more creatively.

How can I add a border in Google Docs?

1. Add borders for Google Docs by using a table

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

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

2. Make a border by using the Draw function

1. Launch Google Docs.

2. Open the document you want to add a border to or create a new one, depending on your needs.

To make a new document, simply choose Blank in the Start a new document section.

create a new google docs document

3. In the Menu, click Insert, select Drawing, and choose New.

click on insert drawing google docs

4. In the top menu, click on Shape, select Shapes, and choose how you want your border to look.

select a shape google docs

5. Once a shape is created, a Border menu will appear, and you can format the border.

6. In the end, click Save and Close. The border will appear on your document.

save and close google docs

7. If you want to change the format after you save it, click on the border in the document, and a menu will appear. Click Edit.

edit the border google docs

A great alternative to add borders in Google Docs is to use the Draw function. Basically, you add a border image to your document, and then insert text into it.

This is the preferred method for many users, who want their end result to look as good as possible.

3. Add a document border by inserting a picture

  1. Find the image you want as a border using a Google Images search (make sure the image is a PNG with a transparent background).
  2. Download the respective image to your PC in an easily-accessible location.
  3. Inside the Google document, click on Insert from the top menu, choose Drawing, and then + New.
  4. Click the Image option from the toolbar at the top.
  5. Either drag and drop the border image you previously downloaded, or click the Choose an image to upload button.
  6. Click the Textbox option from the top toolbar.
  7. Drag and drop the text box inside the border image.
  8. Type the desired text in the box, and click the Save and Close button.

In the end, if you’re unsatisfied with the result, you can always download and insert a frame/border picture file as a background for the document. This way, you can create fun borders for Google Docs, making your document stand out from the crowd.

Just stretch it, if needed, and the resolution is high enough. After that, insert a text frame, and you’re ready.

You can follow these steps to achieve good results, even though this method is far more restrictive than the previously-mentioned methods.

4. Make borders in Google Docs for specific paragraphs

  1. Click the Format option from the top taskbar.
  2. Next, hover your mouse over the Paragraph Styles option, and choose Borders and Shading.
  3. Adjust the properties to fit your needs.
  4. Click Apply when you’ve finished editing the settings.

Even though this type of paragraph will not encase your entire document, it is a handy tool if you want to identify a specific part of the text.

Using this wisely in your design can make your document stand out from the rest.

5. Insert borders using watermarks

  1. On a new document page, click on Insert and select Watermark.
  2. Now, click on the Select Image button.
  3. If you have a border image you can use, you can upload that one but we’ve chosen to click on Google Image Search and look for page borders. After you’ve found the right one, click on Insert image on the bottom-right corner.
  4. Finally, uncheck the Faded box from the right to make the border more visible.

Can I create custom borders in Google Docs?

Yes, you have an unlimited amount of options for this task, but it is worth noting that for now, you can only create a PNG file with a transparent image and add it to your document by following the solution nr. 3 presented in this guide.

That said, creating free borders for Google Docs has never been easier. Following the method mentioned above will surely help.

These methods will be even better for teachers and educators; creating unlimited numbers of free teacher borders for Google Docs can also increase your pupil’s engagement and attention span, so it is worth the effort.

Will my custom border be automatically added to all pages in my document?

As the entire process of adding a border to your document is made manually, at this point, no method can apply it to all pages at once.

That means you will have to repeat the process mentioned in this guide for all the pages included in your document (if needed).

If you cannot load a file on Google Docs, we have an excellent article that will help you fix the problem immediately. Also, if you are affected by Error 150 in Google Slides, change the video permissions on YouTube and allow embedding.

We also recommend reading our guide on how to troubleshoot all Word margin issues for more information.

If you have any other suggestions or questions, reach out to the comments section below, and we’ll be sure to check them out.

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