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I'm trying to figure out a way of setting Microsoft Word's default 'borders' setting to be 'All Borders' rather than the 'Bottom Border' that it is currently.

I've been searching through forums, but haven't found anything useful at all.


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Thanks Karan for the edit! – siliconpi Jun 8 '13 at 5:35
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "default". From what I can tell there is no initial setting that can be considered a default, you simply choose what type of borders you want for your paragraph from the drop down list. Could you elaborate on your question? – Adam Jun 14 '13 at 0:07
Hi Adam, if you notice the actual main button that we click, to the left of the 'down arrow' that I have clicked in the image above,you can see that the default is the 'Bottom Border'. I can click the main button and it would apply the bottom border. I would like to change that behavior to be 'All Borders'. Thanks! – siliconpi Jun 16 '13 at 2:17
Thanks for the clarification. See my possible answer below. – Adam Jun 18 '13 at 16:09
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By the looks of it that ribbon button defaults to whatever option from the drop down list that was used last, or the first in the list if it hasn't been used yet. I can't find any way around this, however if you are using All Borders command a lot and want to be able to quickly access it then try adding it to the Quick Access Toolbar instead:

  1. Click File -> Options
  2. Choose Quick Access Toolbar and then filter by All Commands
  3. Find the All Borders command and press Add

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Oh wow - (a) that is probably more convenient than clicking the various tabs to get to the Borders button, (b) that is such a cool feature - thank you for pointing it out!, (c) I tried the same thing with Outlook as well, and it works just fine! – siliconpi Jun 19 '13 at 16:53

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