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How to Create Page Dividers or Borders Using Photos

Updated on October 26, 2012


Victoria Lynn, an author here at HubPages asked me on one of my hubs how I made my photo dividers. Rather than explain to her how I did it, I decided to show her and others how easy this is to do.

Example of some of the dividers I've created using the method below.
Example of some of the dividers I've created using the method below. | Source

Creating a Page Divider or Border Using Microsoft Word

Step 1

To start, open Microsoft Word and create a new document. Click on Insert from the menu bar. Then click on Picture.


Step 1 Creating Page Dividers
Step 1 Creating Page Dividers | Source

Step 2

Once you've clicked on Picture, the picture library will open that is on your computer. Choose the photo that you want to use for a divider, and click insert. The picture will then be inserted into your word document.

Step 2  Creating Page Dividers
Step 2 Creating Page Dividers | Source

Step 3

Around the picture that you've inserted will be sizing marks. Drag these to the size that you want. With this particular tomato divider let's say I want to make a line of small tomatoes going across the page. Size it down really small. Once it is the size that you want click off to the side to get rid of the sizing marks. Now what you want to do is copy and paste it. With your mouse, right click on the small tomato and choose copy. Directly beside the picture, right click again and choose paste. Keep going along the page until you have your line of tomatoes. You'll know that you've hit the end of the page when the copy and paste starts a second row of pictures. To get rid of this first picture in the second row, click on undo once.

Step 3 Creating Page Dividers
Step 3 Creating Page Dividers | Source
Step 4 Creating Page Dividers
Step 4 Creating Page Dividers | Source

Where Do I Find The Snipping Tool?

Click on the start menu button on the taskbar on the bottom of the screen. The Snipping Tool will be in the Start Menu.

Step 4

With your snipping tool (Providing you have Windows 7) set on rectangle, snip around the row of tomatoes. Click on file/save as/ (name the file) This picture of the tomatoes will automatically go into your picture library as a PNG image.



Step 5

To insert this tomato divider, simply do it the same way that you would insert any picture on HubPages.

Here is the tomato divider or page border.
Here is the tomato divider or page border. | Source
Water picture example
Water picture example | Source

Without the Cut and Paste Option

If you have a picture that you want to use as a border, and you don't want to do the cut and paste, follow these instructions.

Insert the picture into Microsoft Word the exact same way as step one above. For an example, I'll use a picture that I took of a lake.

With the snipping tool simply snip out the section of the picture that you want to use as a divider. Remember to click file/save as/ name of picture.


Here is the water from the picture above that I've used to create a divider.
Here is the water from the picture above that I've used to create a divider. | Source

If you have any questions or run into any problems while trying this please either leave a comment in the box below or send me a message.

Thank you for visiting today. If you would like to read more hubs by Just Ask Susan, you can find them by visiting my profile page.


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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Sally, If you have any problems or questions please ask.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Just Ask Susan, I think I might have a go at this tomorrow. Very useful Hub thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Marsha, Nice to meet you. Please let me know if you have any questions using that snipping tool It's very easy to use and one of my favorites.

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      Marsha Musselman 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thank you, I never even know I had such a thing as a snipping tool on my program, nor a sticky note for that matter. I want to play around with my photos from Hawaii, thanks for the great instructions and suggestions.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      peachpurple, Are you using the "snipping tool" ?

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      when i press save as, it gave me "txt" 'Doc" , word, lain text. There isn't any png or jpg format. Pls advice.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ceres, Glad that you found this helpful and if you have any questions or problems please let me know.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This is a very useful hub. I've been wondering how to do the dividers and borders that I sometimes see in other people's hubs. It's great to know how to do this and that it doesn't seem so hard to be able to do this. I might try this in some of my hubs. Thanks for the instructions on what to do.

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      devisree 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for the information.Please go through my hub https://hubpages.com/food/Sqashes-and-Jams...

      and see how I draw the divider.Let me know if there are any suggestions for improvement.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      devisree, I don't think XP has the snipping tool. I use Windows 7. Sorry about that but glad to know that you were able to use Photoshop.

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      devisree 4 years ago from India

      Microsoft Windows XP. Because I am failed to do as you said I tried through Photoshop and made a divider. Though it was little difficult I am happy. Thanks for the great idea Susan.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      devisree, Sorry that you were unable to find the snipping tool. What operating system do you use?

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      devisree 4 years ago from India

      Interesting hub. I tried as you explained, but unable to find the snipping tool. Thank you for sharing this useful information.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      duffsmom, Thanks!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      This is great, thank you so much. So simple when someone explains it. Well done.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      faythef, Thanks and glad you liked it.

      kaylin, You're welcome and thanks for stopping by.

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      kaylin 4 years ago

      This is so useful thanx for showing this

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you...this is great voting up and all around.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      snakeslane, Let me know if you need any help.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Peg, Glad that it's worked for you. I miss that bookmark feature too.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Susan, Thank you. This method is so straight forward. I shall give it a try. Regards, snakeslane

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks again Susan. I just referred to your instructions again as I had forgotten an important step. It works! Sure wish we still had the bookmark feature. Voted Useful and all the rest.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brenda, Yes I did notice that you did make the dividers free for anyone to use. So glad glad the tutorial helped you.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I love him too. Did you see that I made the divider free for anyone to use? I wasn't sure people would see that message. Thanks for looking at it. I have since made several more. I will probably make a collection so I can just choose the right one to match my Hubs. I do appreciate the tutorial. It helped me so much.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brenda, I went and had a look at Doughboy. He looks great as a divider. I love that little guy :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      barbergirl, It should work with Microsoft Works. Thanks!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I just made a divider using a picture of my Doughboy. It is so cute. Thanks for the step by step instructions. They were easy to follow and I had no problems at all.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I was curious how everybody was doing this. Sadly, I don't have microsoft word. I do however have Microsoft works. I wonder if it would work the same. I am going to have to try it. On the other hand, I do have Adobe photoshop. I did make one of my borders in there but I didn't like how thick it was so I need to redo the height of it! Great hub and great tool for learning!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Anamika, I used to use paint and also find this much faster and easier to do.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks sholland, That snipping tool is a great feature.

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I normally use Paint and Picassa to make dividers. This was much easier. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I think I finally get it!! You give great directions. My problem is I do not have the snipping tool at home. I will get around it, though. :-)

      Great hub! Votes and shares! :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vicki, Pretty easy now eh, once you've done it once.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, Thanks, glad you liked it.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks again, Susan! I found the snip tool and have been making some of my own dividers. Woo hoo! Not too bad now that I know how to do it. Thanks so much for writing this.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      thanks for the tutorial, susan.

      always a pleasure to enhance one's skills in this technology savvy world :) many votes indeed and useful button.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      sgbrown, Thanks, and if you have any questions while making these let me know.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You have explained this so well, it makes it look easy. I have wanted to do something like this several time, but didn't know how to do it and didn't want to spend the time to experiment with it. I am bookmarking this and will use it soon! Thanks so much for the hub! Voted up and useful!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sharyn, I'm sure there are many ways to create borders from pictures. I wish I still had my Corel and Publisher software as there were so many great things you can do in those.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I am so glad I checked this out. I use PowerPoint. But I see that Word would work easier because when you cut and paste copies of the same pic, it stays in a row and wraps around. I like that!!! Cuz in PPT, the pasted pic pops up wherever and you have to click and drag to line up each photo - which can be quite tedious. Thanks Susan!!!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Victoria, Glad you found it. I did add it to the hub after seeing your question. Thanks :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Never mind, Susan. I read up in the comments and saw that you said to look under the start button. Thanks! I was looking at the tool bar and tabs up top. Got it now!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Susan, I hit a snag. Where is the snipping tool? What is it called? What is it under? I can't find it. Thanks. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Qudsia, Thank you. I used to make my dividers in MS Paint and found that this way was much easier and faster.

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      This is really useful, another way that I do it; is by using MS Paint.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Lisa, Thanks so much!

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      LisaKoski 4 years ago from WA

      Thanks for sharing! This is definitely something I will be using in the future to make my borders a little more snazzy looking. Your pictures and explanation are very easy to follow and understand.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      theraggededge, Glad that you found this useful and if you have any questions please let me know.

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for this. Extremely useful. I did see it on one of GoodLady's hubs and meant ask how it was done but forgot.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ishwaryaa, Thank you, so glad that this hub was helpful to you.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An extremely useful hub! I wanted to create many own dividers but unable to figure out how to do it till I came upon your clearly explained hub. This well-written hub is the exact answer that I have been looking for! Thank you for writing this helpful hub!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments. I appreciate each and everyone of them.

      DrMark, If you have Windows7 the snipping tool can be found by clicking on the start menu. It looks like a pair of scissors.

      Ruby, Send me a message as to what you're struggling with and I'll see if I can help.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Can you explain what your "snipping tool" looks like? My Windows is in another language so I am not sure if that is a command or if it has an icon associated with it. I was able to get to there but am stuck.

      Thanks so much for telling us about this tool!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Kelley.

      Glimmer Twin, I think I may try to find an Apple I can borrow and then add the instructions for an apple.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      CyberShelley, Thanks.

      Thelma, Glad it worked for you.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Melovy, I used to do this in paint which takes a lot longer to do. One day I was playing around in Word and found it so much easier.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Suzie, So glad that this worked for you and thanks for letting me know.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Natashalh, So glad that you found this right when you were thinking of making your own borders.

      peoplepower, Thank you.

      Peg, Thanks :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      josh, Thanks.

      weestro, It is very easy :)

      Pam, Thank you. Please let me know if it works with Apple.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I've done this before but I know these are helpful and useful directions. I wouldn't have thought of writing a hub about it. Good job.

      Voted up , useful and interesting.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, I hope I can do this, I'll try. When i tried to put my first video on a hub, it went to Facebook. ( I'm not kidding ) I want to learn how to do so many other things too, like words in blue to click and it goes there. I know this is clear as mud, I mean hubbers names. HELP ME..

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Susan, for your easy-to-understand instructions. This seems to be the best way to create one's very own dividers.

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      This is so easy! I can't wait to try it. Sharing with my followers.

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thank you so much for sharing and explaining. I was using paint application but Microsoft word looks way easier. Useful and voted up!

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Thanks for the useful tip! So easy, but it adds so much to the hub. Up and useful!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Susan! I am tired of using my boring dividers...now I can play around with adding images. Your tutorial is easy to follow too.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is very helpful as I've always wondered how to do dividers from photos! I've bookmarked this as I plan to use it for my next hub. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared.

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      SusieQ42 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. I'll have to try it! Voted up and useful.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, Thanks I have fun doing them.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, It's easy and I know you'll have no problems doing this.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vicki, Thank you for the hub idea. I was going to send you an email explaining it and thought no this would make a good how to hub. Let me know how it goes and if you need any help.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Susan, very useful and interesting hub. I've always wondered how dividers were made. You made it very simple to understand. I will be incorporating these in my hubs now on.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. Shared this hub. And bookmarked.

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      golfgal 4 years ago

      super cool girlfriend

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This will benefit many of us. I am going to make some dividers tomorrow. Thank you very much.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      I sometimes create photo dividers for pages exactly this way. Voted up!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thank you for this Susan. A really neat idea to make our own deviders and simply explained too. Thanks

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      Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

      Thank You for the detailed info, Ive asked and gotten answers earlier that did not explain it to so well. Been wanting to learn this forever now! :) Hope it works for me now...

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is very clever. I have been using more dividers in my hubs as it makes the article look so much neater, but those are ones that I found with free downloads thanks to a couple of other Hubbers. This is really unique because you can use any thing at all and make your own. Up and useful.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great idea for adding a little color to your hub in-between all the black and white text.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Very cool - I have an Apple so I don't know if it will work, but I'm going to have to look around. Thanks for the info. Very useful!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I love it, love it, love it! Thanks so much for these fantastic tips. I'm going to use them soon! Voted up, useful, and shared! Kelley

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Susan. I have just tried it. Very useful instructions and easy to follow. Thumbs up!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Very interesting, will try this out on another computer as I have a Mac. Thanks for the explanation. Up and useful

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Great hub Susan. I had no idea you could do this in Word. I have made dividers in Photoshop, but this looks like it could be even easier.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Have just followed your instructions and did no problem first time!! Thanks so much!! Have used and credited other's works but was not sure how to do until now! Great hub, easy to follow and effects are brilliant! Definitely try this hubbers! voted and shared, thanks so much Just Ask Susan:)

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I've been wondering how to do this. Thanks so much for the great step by step instructions.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing. I wondered how that was done. I'm going to try it. Voting up, useful, and sharing.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I was literally just thinking about borders and wondering how to create them. Then I clicked on my Hub feed and this was at the top! How perfect. Thank you for the advice. I look forward to making my own borders soon!

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is brilliant. I have a Mac and not sure if I can do this with Apple version of Microsoft Office but I'll give it a try sometime. I'm not very good with page layout type stuff.

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the tips Susan, looks easy to do!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Susan,

      Informative hub, thanks for sharing! I am with Kelly and need to make my hubs more attractive! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That is SO cool of you! Thank you for making a hub about it - I want to try. I love the way you broke it down - I'm going to try! So many times I have wished I knew how to do this!

      I am trying to dress up my hubs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is so useful, Susan; now if I can only figure out how to do it. Your instructions seem to be very clear but I seem to have a mental block when it comes to technology. I will try, though; great hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jennifer, So glad that you found this helpful, and thank you.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for doing this, Susan. When I was trying to create my own before, I did do the copy and paste with a picture I had made smaller. I must have missed some step, though, b/c the pic wouldn't pull up right into the photo capsule after I saved it. Perhaps I saved it wrong? Or maybe I didn't crop it correctly. I'll try it again and refer back to your hub. Thanks so much for doing this. I'll have to keep this hub handy.

      Lots of votes and sharing, too! I'm sure this will be helpful to others

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Brilliant! Thank you for sharing this, it's something I've wondered myself but never got round to asking! And so simple too... Great hub, voted up and all sorts, Jen

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