Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Adding a Background to Your Document.

Adding a Background to Your Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 19, 2018)

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You probably are already aware that Word provides many different ways for you to get fancy with your documents. For instance, you can add graphics and WordArt that convey information much better—at times—than mere words alone can.

One of the ways you can make your document fancy if it is destined for a Web page is to add a background. Simply follow these two simple steps:

  1. Make sure the Page Layout tab of the ribbon (Word 2007 or Word 2010) or The Design tab of the ribbon (Word 2013 or Word 2016) is displayed.
  2. Click the Page Color option in the Page Background group. Word displays a small palette that shows colors and has a couple other choices.
  3. Choose the color you want to use for the background of your documents.

Note that the color you selected is visible as a background for the document. This background color is visible only if you are using Print Layout or Web Layout views. If you switch to a view that doesn't support the background color, the document looks normal again (with a white background), but switching back to a supporting view again displays the same background color.

If you want to get rid of the background, follow the same steps, above, but in the third step choose "No Color" from the options.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6279) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Adding a Background to Your Document.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2018-05-23 16:44:52

Gretchen Patti

You can get even fancier than that! You can put an image in the background of any page. Just insert an image and, in the "Text Wrapping" box, tell it to display behind the text. You can also use picture tools to make the image paler, less contrasty, softer, etc. See the test document page below:
(see Figure 1 below)


Figure 1. Test page




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