Microsoft® Office – Page Background Color in Word (IT Training Tip)

If you spend a lot of time in Microsoft® Word, you may get tired or even bored with looking at the same old bright white document page all the time. Maybe it’s time to change it up a bit, by adding a Page Color to your document! You can change the bright white document page to just about any color of your choosing. You can change your page color based on your mood – maybe your a bit stressed and a subdued blue background might help you to decompress. You could even change your page color based on your environment – perhaps you work in an area with warm lighting, and you would like to tone down the bright white document page with a dimmer shade of grey. You could even use page colors as a way to categorize your documents

Note: The page background color will not be printed, but will be saved as part of the document.  

Note: When changing your page background colorit will only be applied to that specific document and is not a global or default change

Changing Your Page Background Color in Microsoft® Word –

Microsoft® Word 2013/2016 for Microsoft® Windows:

  • Launch Microsoft® Word
  • On the Ribbonclick on the Design tab
  • Locate the Page Background group
  • Click on the Page Color button
  • Click on a color to set your page background color
    • If you would like to choose a standard color from the color wheel or create a custom color, click on the More Colors… button

Microsoft® Word 2016 for Mac:

  • Launch Microsoft® Word
  • On the Ribbonclick on the Design tab
  • Locate the Page Background group
  • Click on the Page Color button
  • Click on a color to set your page background color
    • If you would like to choose a standard color from the color wheel or create a custom color, click on the More Colors… button

Microsoft® Word 2011 for Mac:

  • Launch Microsoft® Word
  • On the Ribbonclick on the Layout tab
  • Locate the Page Background group
  • Click on the Page Color button
  • Click on a color to set your page background
    • If you would like to choose a standard color from the color wheel or create a custom color, click on the More Colors… button

Tip: You may want to change the page background color to No Color when saving a document that is shared with other individuals or when sharing the document electronically.  

Tip: To remove a page background colorreturn to your Page Color options and click on the No Color button.

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