GIS Cookbook: Cartographic Design - Adding a Neatline or Borders to a Layout 
Keywords: Presentation, finishing, printing, cartographic elements, layouts, borders, outlines
Category: Cartographic Design
Software: ArcView 3.2

Problem: How do I add a border to my map?

Description: Your map is in the Layout format and you would like to add a border.
Note:For help on getting your map into the Layout format, refer to recipe Shortcut to moving your map into the presentation stage (using a template)

1) Select the object or objects you would like to include within the border. If you would like the border to surround the entire presentation area (i.e., Neatline), do not select anything. This should be your last step before printing.

Finding the Neatline icon

2) Select the Neatline Button

3) The Neatline Settings window will appear.
Neatline Settings window

Select the appropriate styles and details for your border. Suggestion: Use the Inset from Margins selection if you would like to place a border around all map elements.

4) When you are finished click ok and the map border will appear.

5) To add another border select the object or objects you would like to include within the second border and repeat the above steps.
Note: Finding the appropriate settings for your border requires trial and error and also depends on your presentation style.
Authored by: Benjamin N. Sprague Modified: 8/27/03

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Cookbook: Ben Sprague, Ethan Sundilson, Carlin Wong, Sam Ying