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Page updated Aug 1, 2011

LINEBORDERS - Create a fixed, user-specified line border around pages outside page margins (or at any desired printable location)

Download LINEBORDERS.ZIP (version 1.02; 08/01/11; 17,232 bytes)

Compatible with WordPerfect X5 and probably earlier versions

WordPerfect 11 users: See important information about using macros in the first release of WP11 ( at the top of this page.

Downloading, Documentation, Modifications, and Support

Related pages -

To create a background fill that extends outside page margins, see BackgroundFill.

To create a border made up of words strung together around the edges of the page, see TextBord.

To create a graphical page border with repeating graphic images (clipart, photos, etc.) using Corel Presentations, click here.


This macro creates a line border (default is a single line, but it can be double, dashed, thick, etc.) outside the page margins or at any other specified location, around the perimeter of all pages (or just pages from the current page forward), according to the specifications of the user (see Modifications below).

Screen shot of a sample page after playing the macro.

WordPerfect's own Format, Page, Border/Fill does not extend very far beyond page margins (and can vary with changes in margins), whereas this macro can place a fixed border on all pages as near the edges of the paper as desired (and that the printer can print).

The line border is created using a text box inside a watermark, so it will show up on the current and subsequent pages and in the user's desired dimensions without being impacted by any page margin changes in the document. See Tips and Cautions below.

Note that if you choose the option to place the border on the current page only, a [Delay: 1] page code is also added to discontinue the watermark on the next page (if there is a next page). So if you wish to delete the [Watermark] code you should delete the associated [Delay] code.

(For more on headers, footer, and watermarks and how to start, stop, suppress, change, replace, delay, overlay, and remove them: http://wptoolbox.com/tips/HeadFootWM.html.)


See the redlined User Modification Area in the macro's code (just open the macro like any WordPerfect document to view or edit it). You can specify -

  • the watermark to use (WatermarkB is the default, but see Caution below if you use Legal Pleadings);
  • where to place the watermark (current page only or current and following pages);
  • the space around the perimeter of the border (spacing for each of the four border lines can be set independently);
  • the type of border (a single solid line is the default); and
  • you can also add a short phrase to the bottom of the box in a smaller, shaded font.

Tips and cautions

  • Even though you can use Edit, Undo (or Ctrl+z) to remove the effects of the macro, it is wise to make a backup of the document before playing the macro.
  • Optional: You can search and remove one or more existing [Watermark] codes using the Find and Replace, Match, Codes feature. This works in any WordPerfect document. This might be useful to clean up the document before playing the macro (which uses Watermark B by default) or if you played the macro multiple times (see next sections). You will also want to remove any associated [Delay] codes that discontinue the watermark on the next page.
  • To make it easy to use, you can assign this macro to a menu, toolbar, or keystroke shortcut: http://wptoolbox.com/tips/EasyPlay.html. You can also turn off the display of the macro's menu with a setting in the User Modification Area; this might be useful if you always use the same watermark, border spacing, etc., and prefer to use the macro without seeing a menu.
  • You can also make several copies of this macro with different borders set in the User Modification Area.
  • If you chose to place the watermark on multiple pages, you can manually stop the borders from continuing on any page by placing your cursor at the top of that page and using Insert, Watermark, [choose A or B, whichever was used for the text box], Discontinue. This is the method the macro uses if you chose the "current page only" option.
  • Using the same watermark type (A or B) on a page will supersede any previous one of the same type (A or B) from that point forward. (For more on headers, footer, and watermarks and how to start, stop, suppress, change, replace, delay, overlay, and remove them: http://wptoolbox.com/tips/HeadFootWM.html)
  • The macro can even be used to create a small empty box to use for stamps, initials, etc. Just set the outside spaces to larger sizes in the User Modification Area or the optional pop up menu. If you then edit the watermark you can add text to the box. (Better yet, see the EdgeText macro here: http://wptoolbox.com/library/EdgeText.html.)
  • To create a fill for the text box or a different color for the borders, double click the new [Watermark] code after the macro plays, then double click on the [Box] code in Reveal Codes. This should display an Edit Text dialog with a Fill and Border option. (When done. click outside the box to de-select it.) This is also an easy way to change the border style.
  • If you play the macro with the variable vCurrentPgOnly:=1 (located in the User Modification Area)—i.e., it is set add a box just on the current page—and you play it multiple times on various subsequent pages, the macro will place several [Watermark] codes throughout the document on those pages.
    • This is generally not a problem since it is the same watermark in all cases (unless you modify the macro's code to adjust the fill or use different text), but remember: Inserting a watermark, header, or footer of the same type (A or B) supersedes the same type of item from that page forward. So if you have other special watermarks in the document, be sure to test the effects of the macro by viewing all pages in that document. (Make a backup of the document before playing the macro.)
    • But it might make for a "cleaner" document (in terms of fewer extra codes in the document or fewer "misplaced" codes due to editing the document) if you wait until the final draft to play the macro to play it (usually once, but you can reset the border between multiple plays for special effects).
  • Legal pleadings are created using Watermark B. Hence, if you use them you should use Watermark A for this macro. (See the User Modification Area to set the default.)