Google Docs is a simple and convenient document creator, but it doesn't have the depth of a full-featured word processor, like Microsoft Word .

This is evident if you try to create a document with a border that goes around the entire page which isn't directly supported, but can be done using a workaround.

There are two ways to make a page border in Google Docs .

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How to add a border in Google Docs using a table

The most popular way to add a border in Google Docs is to create a single-cell table that goes around the entire page.

1. In Google Docs, click "Insert" in the top menu.

2. Click "Table," and then click the upper-left square of the table, which creates a 1x1 cell on the page.

How to add border in Google Docs
How to add border in Google Docs
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3. Press "Enter" on your PC or "return" on your Mac keyboard repeatedly to expand the cell all the way down the page. When the cell reaches the end of the page, it will continue onto the next page.

4. Click "Format," and then click "Table," followed by "Table Properties."

5. In the "Table properties" box, you can change the cell's color and thickness. You may also want to increase the cell padding, which puts more space between the border and the text on the page. When you're done, click "OK."

How to add border in Google Docs
How to add border in Google Docs
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6. If you prefer, you can reduce the page margins so the border is closer to the edge of the page. Choose "File," then "Page setup," and reduce the margins on the top, bottom, left, and right.

How to add a border in Google Docs using an image

Another option is to insert a border image in the document, and add a text box inside it. This is a more aesthetically pleasing option, but is much more restrictive than using a one-cell table.

1. Click "Insert" in the top menu followed by "Drawing," and then "+ New."

How to add border in Google Docs
How to add border in Google Docs
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2. Insert an image of a border that you want to use into the Drawing window. If you've copied it to the clipboard, you can simply paste it in. Otherwise, click the Image button in the toolbar and insert it that way.

  • You can either insert an image from your computer, Google Drive, or a URL take a snapshot on your computer.
  • You can also directly search for an image on the web by clicking "Search" and typing your keywords into the Google search bar at the top.
How to add border in Google Docs
How to add border in Google Docs
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3. Once you have the image that you want, click "Select."

4. Click the Text Box button in the toolbar and create a text box inside the border.

How to add border in Google Docs
How to add border in Google Docs
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5. Add the text you want to appear in the border. When you're done, click "Save and Close."

How to add border in Google Docs
How to add border in Google Docs
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