How to Change Document Background Color on Microsoft Word

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White is chosen as the primary color for a document for obvious reasons. It’s neutral, saves printing ink, and lets other colors appear brightly on paper. But on many occasions, you probably want to spend a little bit more for printing, perhaps to help the page more stand out.

Microsoft Word has made it easy to switch the paper color from white to any color you want. You may choose red, blue, gradient between red and blue, or even add a nice picture as a background.

In the following guide, you will learn how to customize paper color in Microsoft Word.

#1 How to change the 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 color, gradient, or picture, please make sure that the text and the background are visible. Try experimenting with different color styles to see which one is the most comfortable to read.

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