How to Change Background Color on Microsoft Word

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White color as a background may look so plain and less attractive. But you can change the document background on Microsoft Word easily, whether using a color, gradient, or even a picture.

NOTE: The following guides are based on Microsoft Word 365. Other versions may have a different look.

#1 How to change document background color

1. Open your document on Microsoft Word.

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2. Go to the Design menu.

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3. Click on Page Color, then select your preferred color.

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4. Now the background color is a brand new!

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#2 How to use gradient color as document background

1. Open your document on Microsoft Word.

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2. Go to the Design menu.

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3. Select Fill Effects.

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4. Select Two colors, then choose each color.

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5. Select the Shading styles (orientation), then hit OK.

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6. Done. The gradient color has been applied.

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#3 How to use a picture as document background

1. Open your document on Microsoft Word.

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2. Go to the Design menu.

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3. Select Fill Effects.

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4. Go to the Picture tab, then click Select Picture…

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5. If the picture is already on the computer, select From a file.

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6. Select the picture, then click Insert.

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7. Click OK to confirm.

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8. All done. The picture has been applied as a document background.

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Whether you are using a color, gradient, or picture, please make sure that the text and the background is contrast enough to be seen. Try experimenting with different color styles to see which one is the most comfortable to read.

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