If I'm using Pages '08 and trying to draw a border around a paragraph that is inside a text box, I go to the More tab of the Text Inspector and select a solid line and full rectangle under Border and Rules.

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The border that results, however is a top-and-bottom border, and not a full rectangle:

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Am I doing something wrong, or is this a known bug? If the latter, is there a workaround so I can enclose a paragraph of text in a text box with a surrounding border?

3 Answers 3


Disclaimer: I'm using Pages '09, but I'm guessing the answer will be the same for '08.

You're seeing this because the left and right edges of the paragraph are not visible inside the text box. To work around this, you can add a small Inset Margin from the Text tab of the Text Inspector:


OK, this is a bit kludgy, but it seems to be working (but I'd love to see a better answer!):

Instead of applying a border to a paragraph, make each paragraph its own text box and apply a border to the entire text box using the Graphic Inspector and setting Stroke to Line.

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    I don't think your answer is kludgy at all. The text box is the object, not the paragraph.
    – Richard
    Apr 1, 2012 at 21:43
  • The inspector pane implies one can add a border to a paragraph, independent of the border around the box containing the paragraph.
    – Daniel
    Apr 1, 2012 at 21:52
  • @DanielL They're just different "border" definitions: one meaning is to separate a paragraph from the surrounding text; the other, to draw a line around the edge of a text box. Both do different things, and your answer uses it the way it's meant to be used!
    – Tuesday
    Apr 1, 2012 at 22:15
  • Though I do see how applying it paragraph-by-paragraph in a mass of text could count as a kludge. Yes.
    – Tuesday
    Apr 1, 2012 at 22:16

If you open a text box and click inside it as if you are writing in it, then choose style, border, line - you get a border all the way round.

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