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Microsoft KB Archive/173228

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Article ID: 173228

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173228


When you apply an inside border to several lines of selected text, extra borders may be applied. When you apply any of the following borders to a paragraph, a few lines above or below the text will be formatted with the inside borders.

The borders that exhibit this problem are:

  • Outside Border
  • Top Border
  • Bottom Border
  • Left Border
  • Right Border
  • All Borders


When you apply borders to paragraphs above or below a paragraph formatted with inside borders, select the entire paragraph instead of just placing the insertion point in the paragraph prior to applying the desired border.

The "More Information" section of this article demonstrates this more clearly.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


Consider the following example:

In Word, if you type the following text, select paragraphs two and three and then apply an inside border, the result resembles the following:


If you then position the insertion point after the "r" in "Four" and apply a bottom border, you would expect the following result:


However, an extra border is applied to line three, creating the following effect:


The problem occurs with the border types listed in the "Symptoms" section of this article. If there are more than one or two paragraphs between the different border types, the borders are applied as expected.

To correct this problem, select line "Four" rather than placing the insertion point on the line prior to applying the borders. The borders will then be applied correctly (leaving line "Three" without a border).


For more information about borders, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

155964 WD97: Column Paragraph Bordering May Print Unevenly

165715 WD97: Applying Single Border to Selected Text Sets All Borders

171063 WD97: Merged Table Cells and Rows Do Not Print Bottom Border

169532 WD97: Paragraph Borders Displayed Erratically with Objects

165925 WD97: "Distance From Text" Property Not Applied to Inside Border

157200 WD97: Paragraph Border Extends Past Text Box Border

156004 WD97: Some Paragraph Border Styles Are Not Transparent

For more information about "working with borders," click the Office Assistant, type "borders," click Search, and then click one of the following topics:

  • Add a border
  • Borders and shading
  • Add vertical lines between newspaper columns
  • Change a border or line

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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