How to change the background color of a page in Microsoft Word

If you want to spice up your Microsoft Word documents, why not change the background color of the page?

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Looking for an easy way to spice up your Microsoft Word documents? If this is the case, you should change the background color of the page. By default, Word uses a white background color, but you can change the page color in Word to whatever you want.

You can even change a page’s background to a pattern, texture, image, or gradient. Here’s everything you need to know about changing the background color of pages in Microsoft Word.

How to change the background color of a Word document

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  1. In the top menu, click the draft Tab.
  2. Within the page background section, click page color.
  3. Choose a color theme colors or standard colors. Hover over the color to preview it. To remove a background color, select No colour.
    1. Don’t see the color you want? click More colors.
    2. On the default tab you can choose from a larger selection of colors. On the custom tab you can specify a specific RGB or HSL hex.
    3. When you have made your selection, click OK.

Microsoft wordfill effects

If you want something more fancy, go for it fill effects of the page color drop-down list. Here you can choose between gradient, texture, sample, and image:

  • gradient allows two colors to blend smoothly; You can also choose from a range of presets.
  • texture offers a number of legacy image options that have remained unchanged in Word for years, such as newsprint, green marble, and papyrus.
  • sample lets you choose the foreground and background color for a variety of patterns such as polka dot, wave, and grid.
  • image you can upload your own picture or find one online.

Related: How to Overlay Pictures in Microsoft Word

If you are planning to print the Word document, think about how much ink your choice will use and how it will look against the color of your paper.


Consider creating a Microsoft Word template

If you just want to change the background color of your Word document once, that’s great. However, if it’s a design you want to come back to repeatedly, consider creating a Microsoft Word template. This saves you having to manually set the page color every time.


How to create a custom template in Microsoft Word

You know the value of a template as a time saver. But have you already created your own custom template in Microsoft Word?

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Joe Keeley
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Born with a keyboard in hand, Joe immediately started writing about technology. He has a BA (Hons) in Business and is now a full-time freelance writer who enjoys making tech easy for everyone.

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