April 24, 2011, 8:20 a.m.
posted by raider
Not every border you apply to a paragraph, a table, or an object needs lines that completely enclose it. You might want to add two lines, at the top and right side of a paragraph, for example, to help set it apart from an article that appears beside it. You might use only a top and bottom rule to contain your table of contents. Or you might use a single line to set off a quotation from the main text in a report or to mark the start of a new section.
Creating a partial border is a simple matter. You use the Custom Setting option and the Preview area of the Borders And Shading dialog box to accomplish it. Here are the steps.
Click in a table or paragraph or select the information or object you want to apply a border to.
On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow beside the Border button, and then click Borders And Shading.
On the Borders tab of the Borders And Shading dialog box, click the Custom Setting option.
Specify the border’s line style, color, and width.
In the Preview area, click each edge of the preview page where you want border lines to appear, or click the button that corresponds to the edge or edges that should have a border line. Figure–1 describes the available Preview buttons.
Figure–1: Border Preview Buttons
Open table as spreadsheet
Adds a line along the top border
Adds a line along the bottom border
Adds a line along the left border
Adds a line along the right border