I can't figure out how to put borders around text.

There are times when I want to put borders around text, both in a document and also on a spread sheet. I can not figure out where to choose to add any borders or maybe they are called boxes.

The solutions others have proposed does NOT WORK for me. When I finally am able to get a box it puts a box on every line, not the entire paragraph. I am beginning to hate Libre Office, as it is much more difficult to use than Word. I cannot seem to stop the columns from dividing up onto both sides of the page, rather than go all the way down on the 1st column before splitting up to the second column on the last page. Very irritating

follow the steps below but choose menuitem “Paragraph” in step 2. then you get a proper border.

In Writer you can put borders around text as follows:

  1. Select the text that you want to put borders around,
  2. Right-click inside the selected text and choose the menuitem “Character…”,
  3. In the dialog that pops up, select the tab “Borders”,
  4. There you can adjust all aspects of your borders, such as Line Style, Line Thickness, Line Color, etc.

In Calc you can put borders around a cell:

  1. Select the cell that you want to put borders around,
  2. Right-click inside the selected cell and choose the menuitem “Format Cells…”,
  3. In the dialog that pops up, select the tab “Borders”,
  4. There you can adjust all aspects of your borders, such as Line Style, Line Thickness, Line Color, etc.
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That’s even simpler than the way I’ve been doing it for simple, single line text boxes. Thanks!

However, if combining text lines with carriage returns, such as in a list into a single text box , this method will put a box around each line. Then, the table method will work better.

You’re welcome @LadyFitzgerald :),

For lines containing carriage returns, you can just choose the menuitem “Paragraph…” instead of “Character” in step 2) above.

Thanks again.

Appreciate the help! Thanks

In Writer, I’ve been cheating and just using a single row, single column table. Just click on the Insert Table icon, then click on the single square (actually, a cell) in the upper left corner. That puts a box (that is one row on the page that is as wide as the page. From there you can type or paste your text into the box (the box will self adjust its height when you flow to the next line). You can resize the box by grabbing the sides you want to move and dragging it where you want it. If you don’t like the border as it, right click inside the box, click on Table Properties, then horse around with the settings.

Appreciate your help also. Thanks

Another option. In Calc and Writer I use the Draw tools. Go to View (top menu) and select Toolbars, now select Drawing. The options will appear at the bottom of the window. You can use the T option to insert a text box or any of the symbols. Draw the box and then double click to add text. You also have choices for border colours (Canadian spelling) and background fill colours. You can also place the boxes anywhere. Good luck and cheers …Ron (Debug43)

Step 1. Select the text you want to put a borderline (Ctrl + A to select full sheet)
Step 2. Right Click and Select Format Cells

Step 3. Select Borders in the top tab

Done! Enjoy!