Staring at a page full of black and white is not very appealing to the human eye. Seeing word after word, paragraph after paragraph is possibly the worst way to grab the attention of an individual. Sure, you can change the font style and add color to enhance the possibility of gaining the attention of that person but what happens if your paper is in a stack of other papers? How will your paper catch the eye if it is in the middle? The solution: decorative borders.
Microsoft Office for Mac offers the writer or designer the opportunity to add zest to their paper by selecting various decorative borders. Whether it is an advertisement, a brochure, or a flyer, these borders give the writer a chance to show their creativity to garner the attention of their clientele.
The borders available through Microsoft Office vary based on the need of the writer. For example, they have business like borders, fancy borders, or entertaining borders. There are countless available borders to begin with, but the “custom border” feature allows the user to create their own. If the user is into flower power, then they can create a flower border! If the user is into sports, then they can create a border using a baseball. There are options to spice up the selected border even more either by adding a 3-D concept, thickening or thinning the border lines, and offering a variety of colors. The option of borders does not just have to be for the entire page. Microsoft Office allows the person to select whether they want the border around the entire page, only a partial part of the page, around inserted pictures, around paragraphs, or even down to the single word. The options seem infinite! There is really no excuse to not have flavor on an advertisement or whatever the case may be.
To access the possibility of adding a border in the document, the user will want to access the “Design” tab at the top of the document. They will then select the “Page Borders” option in the “Page Background” group. It is fairly simple from here. Microsoft Office made it easy to create these borders so even a knucklehead like me can figure out how to use it!
After clicking the “Page Borders” option, a dialogue box will appear. This is where the freedom comes in as this dialogue box allows the user to customize the border to their personal preference. This is where the user can select the color, the width, full page or just paragraph, 3-D illusion, etc. Also, if the individual wants to use a specific picture (flower power!) then they can access this option by selecting the “Art” drop down menu and select their preference. There is a preview section that allows the user to see their border in action before putting it on the page. This allows them to mess around and configure the border and browse the various options available to suit their needs. Microsoft Office made the realm of possibilities endless with borders. The user should have no trouble selecting a border that is professional and businesslike or colorful and attention grabbing.
Personally, I used borders all the time throughout my college education as well as my internship. In both my internship and college projects, I had to promote various exercise programs or events. I used the Microsoft Office border option to create my flyers and advertisements. I really enjoyed the freedom and bountiful options it provided. I could find something sleek and modern to capture the clientele of the younger generation or I could select something more “old-fashioned” to grab the attention of the baby-boomer generation who may not be up to par with the modern looking world quite yet!
For example, I needed to promote a group wellness meeting at a small private health club. The trick was making the flyer appealing to both female and male clientele as well as old and young. Microsoft Office allowed me to keep the same flyer but allowed me to change the border that I thought would best fit the specified clientele. I spent more time on the borders alone than the wording on the paper, mainly because of the many choices I had. I found out that having an effective border to gain the clientele’s attention is just as important if not more important than the words itself. No one will read the advertisement if it looks like it is in a depression. Microsoft Office allows you to select an exciting border to avoid a sad looking advertisement. I prefer using Microsoft Office over a different program to create a page with borders because it is very simple to use and the options are endless. It met my every need and I could not ask for additional options.
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