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Add Custom Border To All Pictures

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 02/15/14 •  4 min read
Add Custom Border To All Pictures

What This VBA Code Does

This VBA code will apply a custom border to all the pictures in your Word Document.

Sub AddBorderToAllPictures()

'PURPOSE: Add borders around all images in the document
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

Dim myPic As InlineShape

'Loop Through All Pictures (aka Inline Shapes) in Document
    For Each myPic In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
        
        'Border Thickness
            myPic.Line.Weight = 5
        'Border Line Style
            myPic.Line.Style = msoLineSingle
        'Border Color
            myPic.Line.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(191, 219, 255)
    
    Next myPic

End Sub

Adding Variability

Let's modify the above code a little bit and allow the user to cycle through each of the pictures in the Word document and decide whether the picture should have a border.

Sub AddBorderToAllPictures_AskUser()

'PURPOSE: Loop through all images in ActiveDocument and ask if border should be added
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

Dim myPic As InlineShape
Dim MyAnswer As Integer

'Loop Through All Pictures (aka Inline Shapes) in Document
    For Each myPic In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
        'Select Image so user can see what image we are talking about
            myPic.Select
        
        'Ask and receive verification from user via Messagebox
            MyAnswer = MsgBox("Do you wish to add a border to the selected image?", vbYesNo, "Add Border")
        
        'See if User wants to add border
            If MyAnswer = vbYes Then
                'Border Thickness
                    myPic.Line.Weight = 5
                'Border Line Style
                    myPic.Line.Style = msoLineSingle
                'Border Color
                    myPic.Line.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(191, 219, 255)
            End If
        
    Next myPic

End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

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I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don't have time to fit everyone's questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).

I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.