How to Change the Background Color of Word Documents

Say bye-bye to that boring white background of Word document, and now work on your document with your favorite color. In the earlier versions of Microsoft Word, you are not able to change the background color, but now you can. Microsoft has added some other features to improve the appearance of Word. You are now provided with a few themes including black that you can set from the settings of your Word. However, changing theme or document color won’t do anything to your document, it means when you print the page, it will come in white. If you want to print your text in color, then you should have to change the text color, which can be easily done from the Home tab.


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Here is how to change the background color of Word documents

Changing the document’s background color in Word 2010 and later versions

These steps apply to Office 2010 and later versions.

1.    Open Microsoft Word application on your computer.

2.    Then open the ‘Design’ tab.

3.    And select ‘Page Color.’ Clicking it will open the list of the colors that you can choose to set as document background.

4.    Find the color you want to use under ‘Standard Colors’ or ‘Theme Colors.’

5.    If you don’t like any color, then you can also make your own by clicking on ‘More Colors’ option. This will open the Color box from which you can choose the color you would like to use.

Tip: You can also choose a color from an image for your document’s background. To do so, click the ‘gear’ symbol at the top of the Color box, and then click ‘New from File…’ in the dropdown box.

6.    Pick a color you want to use as the background color for your Word document.

The color will be applied to your Word. You can’t just set a solid color; you can use texture, pattern, as well as pictures as background for your Word document. To do so, you’ll need to click on ‘Fill Effects’ option and then select what you want to apply, ‘Texture, Pattern, Gradient, or Picture.’

You can go back to the default document background in your Word application, whenever you want. Here is how.

•    Open the ‘Design’ tab.

•    Select ‘Page Color’.

•    And then choose ‘No Color.’

Any color you’ve applied to your page will be removed, and the old white pages will come back.

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