How to Add Borders Around Images or Photos in Microsoft OneNote

Updated 10 Jul 2018 - Another quick tip, the steps below can be reversed, you can copy an image into OneNote first, select the image, and then choose to insert a 1x1 table, which will achieve the same result.

Ever since I started using Microsoft OneNote on my work laptop, I have found it useful for taking quick notes or just jotting down random notes while working.

For those that like to use notepad or Microsoft word to jot down quick notes or your To-Do list, Microsoft OneNote works just like a note-taking program and much more. Unlike normal text-based editors, it allows you to click anywhere in the frame and start typing notes, add drawings and images! You can also group your notes into sections within notebooks, do hyperlinking across different sections, copy and paste content from the web (and a link to the source will be automatically added for you). This is a piece of software that should earn a place in your arsenal of handy office productivity toolkit.

One peeve I have is why Microsoft does not allow me to put borders around images. Sometimes, you just need the border around a picture to make the note readable, especially if it has the same white background as OneNote.

You would have thought this is a simple and straightforward feature. Word has it, Powerpoint has it, Outlook has it. Even Excel has it. So it seems all the main buddies of OneNote in the Microsoft Office Suite have this, except OneNote itself.

If you are like me and need the border, fear not - Tables to the rescue!

Under Insert > Table, choose to insert a 1x1 table.

Then paste or insert your photo in this single-cell table.

And then, you have your picture with a border. 

Not the nicest workaround, but it will do for now until the OneNote gods grant this simple wish.


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