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Removing the Box from a Text Box

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Removing the Box from a Text Box.

When you insert a text box in your document, Word automatically places a border around it. This is great for some document designs, but you may prefer to remove the border. To remove the border from a text box, follow these steps:

  1. Either click on the border of the text box or position the insertion point within the text box. (If you click on the text box itself, handles appear around the perimeter.)
  2. Select the Text Box option from the Format menu. Word displays the Format Text Box dialog box.
  3. Click on the Colors and Lines tab, if necessary. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Colors and Lines tab of the Format Text Box dialog box.

  5. In the Color drop-down list, select No Line.
  6. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1785) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Removing the Box from a Text Box.

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Comments for this tip:

Debbie    26 Jan 2016, 12:05
I am using Word 2000 and I do not have format text box.
Rachel    09 Oct 2015, 12:20
I will take away the background color, the line color, and the extra space in the text box. Then I right click and select "set as default..." go to make another text box and the lines show up again. Everything else is set correctly. WHY does the line keep showing up?!
Memma    14 Sep 2014, 15:05
I found it. Simply select "no color". Can't imagine why it changed.

Memma    14 Sep 2014, 15:00
I am shocked that my "no line" option no longer shows in the color box. How is that possible. I am using the Word 2013. I could have sworn it was there the last time I used it. Anybody have an idea? Weird!


Lamore    10 Sep 2014, 09:37
Kathy    13 Jun 2014, 13:58
Thanks so much. It's easy when you know how!
marty a    27 Apr 2014, 15:54
Tried several sites for this info, none worked except yours.
bob    06 Mar 2014, 18:49
Worked! Thanks a lot.
suhaib    21 Mar 2013, 07:00
Thank you for your help...
Thank You    13 Feb 2013, 15:03
Thank you so much! My handout looks amazing!
didn't work: your below a novice if you couldn't figure this out.
didn't work    20 Jan 2013, 20:28
didn't work
Shelly studley    21 Jul 2012, 18:26
Your tip was a great help

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