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Ask Lou… How do I Hide Pesky Text Box Borders when Using Microsoft Word

by Louellen Coker on June 16, 2008

Dear Lou,

I am working in Microsoft Word and have created a document using text boxes. How do I get rid of the text box’s borders so they do not show when I print the document?

Any advice would be appreciated!

Thank you, Amy

Dear Amy,

Getting rid of borders on text boxes in Microsoft word is easy. In fact, there are several ways to perform this task.

Option One for Removing Text Box Borders in Microsoft Word 2007 or earlier

This option works in all versions of Microsoft Word. To remove the text box outline, simply

  1. Select your text box.
  2. Right-click and select Format Text Box.
  3. On the Colors and Lines tab that appears, in the Line section, change the weight to “0″.
  4. Click OK.

Option Two for Removing Text Box Outlines in Microsoft Word 2007

This option works in Word 2007. To remove your text box outlines, simply

  1. Select your text box.
  2. Under Text Box Tools on the Format tab, in the Text Box Styles group, click Shape Outline.
  3. Select No Outline.

Removing Text Box Borders in Microsoft Word 2010

This option works in Word 2010. To remove your text box outlines, simply

  1. Right-click on the text box.
  2. Select Format Shape.
  3. Select Line Color from the left sidebar of the pop-up dialog box, and select No Line.
  4. Click OK.

Removing Text Box Borders in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac

This option works in Word 2011 for Office for Mac. To remove your text box outlines, simply

  1. Right-click on the text box.
  2. Select Format Shape.
  3. In the Line menu that appears in the left sidebar, make sure that the Color is set to No Line and the Transparency is set to 0%.
  4. Click OK.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Adam B. March 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

Thanks for the tip! Helped me fix a chart I collaborated on w/ my sister. :]

someone April 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Thanks!!!

Scott Hupp September 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Sorry this does not work in Word 2010. Any thoughts?

Keri Honea October 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Instructions have been updated for Word 2010 and Word 2011 for Mac!

Mary November 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Word 2010
Removing Text Box Borders in Microsoft Word 2010

This option works in Word 2010. To remove your text box outlines, simply
1.Right-click on the text box.
2.Select Format Shape.
3.Select Line Color from the left sidebar of the pop-up dialog box, and select No Line.
4.Click OK.
This did not work – any suggestions?

Keri Honea November 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Make sure you are right-clicking directly on the border itself. If you right-click on the general text box, this won’t work.

If you are doing this…then I’m at a loss. I’ve tried it on two other computers in my house, and I’ve been able to get it to work each time. :(

Aaron September 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

OK, I found out how to remove borders of a textbox, but I want to selectively remove one or more of its borders. How? So far, I am resorting to using a table, which is amenable to selective removal of this sort. Am I stuck with the table option for this kind of process?

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