How to Put Borders Around Images in Google Docs

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Adding borders around your images is a good way to give them a little more style. Google Docs has a set of built-in functions to add borders and, although they are not as sophisticated as the options offered by Office, they do the job.

Adding borders around images in Google Docs

To add a border around an image, go ahead and open the Google Doc that contains the image. If you have not yet inserted your image, go to the "Insert" tab, select "Image", then choose the corresponding option to locate your image.

  Insert image in Google Docs

After inserting the image, you may need to change the size. To do this, select the image and then take the handle in any corner. Drag to change the size.


On the toolbar, you will see three separate border tools. They are edge color (1), edge thickness (2) and edge script (3).

  Image border tools

Continue and select "Border color" first. Once selected, choose a color that you like from the drop-down menu. In this example, we will use a simple black.

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Once you have selected your color, you will notice that a very thin border appears around your image.

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Looking good so far! If you want to adjust the thickness of the border, select the "Edge weight" icon. By default, the border has a width of 2 points. We will select 12 points for this example.

  weight edge

Changes will now take effect. You will see your image with a black border of 12 points around it.

  12-point border

Finally, if you want more than just a solid border, click on the "Script border" icon and then select one of the other two options from the drop-down menu. We will select the option of edge of points.

  dotted border

Now the edge of your image should look like this.

  dot-edge example

Unfortunately, the edge options are a bit limited. Hopefully, Google Docs will expand its feature set in the near future.


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