How To Add a Border in Google Docs

Google Docs is an excellent word processor that comes in handy if you want to have your files in the cloud and collaborate online with others while writing. Like any other word processor, Google Docs has several valuable features that allow you to create and customize documents to your liking. However, the app is not as robust as Microsoft Word in terms of limits. As a result, you will have to get creative with existing features to get the look you want.

If you’re trying to figure out how to add a border to your Google Docs docs, we’re here to help. This article explains how to use the online word processor to add borders to your document’s page, image, text, and table. Keep reading to learn more.

Add a border to the page

Google Docs doesn’t offer a complicated feature that allows you to automatically add a border to your page. Fortunately, there are quite a few tweaks to get the job done. Here are some.

Using a single table cell

You can use tables to add a border to your Google Docs document. Here’s how to approach the process.

  1. In your browser, go to Google Docs.
  2. Open a blank document. Before writing your document, go to “Insert” and select the “Table” option.
  3. Click the first cell to open a rectangular box on your page.
  4. Adjust the rectangle to fit on the page by dragging the bottom to the end of the page. You can also press the “Enter” key.
  5. Post your content in the locked area.

The table cell you just created above acts as a perfect border for all your content. You can add various elements within the frame, including regular text, images, shapes, and other tables.

Using a template

If you want to add a border using a template from the Google Docs template gallery, a few options can meet your border needs. While you won’t find templates with refined edges, a few of them may serve you well. Here’s how to create a border for your document using an existing template.

  1. Go to Google Docs and hover over the plus icon on the files page.
  2. Select from the options ‘Choose Template’.
  3. Choose a template. Select all the text in the template and navigate to “Format” and then “Clear Formatting”.
  4. Now start writing your document and format the text to your liking.

Add a border to an image in Google Docs

Google Docs also allows you to add a border to your image. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Google Docs and open the document containing the image you want to place in a border.
  2. Select the image and then go to ‘Format’.
  3. Expand the “Borders and Lines” menu.
  4. Click on “Borderline” and select the desired border type. To adjust the borderline thickness, go to the “Border weight” option and choose the weight that suits you best.

Add a border around text in Google Docs

To add a border to your text in Google Docs, follow these steps.

  1. In your computer’s browser, go to Google Docs.
  2. Open the document containing the text you want to border.
  3. Select the text you want to add a border to.
  4. Navigate to ‘Format’ and then to ‘Paragraph Styles’.
  5. Expand the “Borders and Shading” menu.
  6. Next to ‘Position’, choose how you want to place the border. You can select the top, bottom, side, or four-sided border.
  7. You can further customize the border style styles by using the included presets if desired.
  8. Click the “Apply” button to set the border.

If you want to remove the newly created border, click the “Reset” button.

Add a border to a table in Google Docs

If you have a table in your Google Docs document and want to add a border to it, follow these steps.

  1. Open a blank new Google Docs document. Go to “Insert” and select the first of the table.
  2. Click in the table and go to ‘Insert’.
  3. Choose from the “Table” options and select the number of rows and columns you want in the table.
  4. Your table should now have a border around it.

Add a border to a page in Google Docs in the mobile app

The Google Docs mobile app has a whole host of features that allow you to write documents on a mobile device. To add a border to your page using the app, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the Google Docs mobile app if you haven’t already. After installation, open the app.
  2. Create a new blank document by pressing the plus icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Make sure the page is in edit mode. If not, click the pencil icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Click the plus icon and select ‘Table’.
  4. Change the “Columns” value to “1”. Do the same with the “Rows” value.
  5. Click on “Insert Table”.
  6. Expand the table to cover the entire page by holding the three horizontal lines on the left side of the table and dragging to the end of the page. You can also type your text and the border will automatically expand.

Now that you have a working edge, you can start writing your document.

Add a border to text with the Google Docs mobile app

You have to think creatively to use the Google Docs mobile app to add a border to a text. Unlike the PC version of the app, the mobile app does not offer the ‘Paragraph and Styles’ feature. But here’s how you can work around it.

  1. Open the Google Docs app and create a new blank document.
  2. Once the document is open, select the plus icon in the top bar of the screen.
  3. Select ‘Table’ from the options.
  4. Turn the number of rows to “1” and do the same for the number of columns.
  5. Click on the “Insert Table”.

Now type in your text; the border should expand as you add content.

Unfortunately, working with borders on a smartphone can be challenging due to their small screen sizes. Therefore, it is best to stick to a tablet or laptop for a better experience.

Additional FAQs

Does Google Docs have an extension that lets you add borders to your documents?

Extensions are used to add more features to what Google Docs already offers. Unfortunately, no extensions allow you to manipulate edges in Google Docs.

Start adding borders to your Google Docs documents like a pro

Adding borders to Google Docs is a great way to make text stand out and make your documents more vibrant. While Google Docs doesn’t offer a complicated way to add borders to some elements, you can play around with existing features and create some exciting frames for your document elements.

Have you tried adding a border to your Google Docs page? What tricks did you use to accomplish the task? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

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