Change Background Colors, Images and Watermarks in Word Documents

Posted by John Larkin - April 5, 2014

I guess most of us using Microsoft Office Word have noticed that the document is rather boring with white background and usually black text. Though that does not matter about our work, we would like to have some fun sometimes. We may want the background to be light blue or a picture. Exactly, Word provides us such a function to change the background’s color, add a picture to the background or use a text watermark as the background. This post will demonstrate a number of ways to change the background settings in Word.

Changing Background Colors, Images or Text Watermarks in Word 2003/ 2007/ 2010

Many people in the word are now using Microsoft Office. In the following article, we will outline detailed steps of changing background settings in Word 2003, 2007 and 2010 version.

Option One- Changing background colors

Step 1- Open a file that you want to change the background settings

Step 2- Activate Background Settings

In Word 2003
Click Format menu, point to Background

In Word 2007/ 2010
Click Page Layout, then Page Color

Step 3- Select your desired background color. Click the new color you want from the provided list. Or you can choose one by clicking More Colors. Then you’ll see a new background.

Option two- Using an image as the background

Step 1- Open a file that you want to change the background settings

Step 2- Activate Background Settings

In Word 2003
Click Format menu, point to Background. Click Fill Effects.

In Word 2007/ 2010
Click Page Layout, then Page color. Click Fill Effects.

Step 3- Go to Picture tab

Step 4- Click Select Picture. Choose your desire picture, and then click OK

Option three- Adding watermarks to the background

Step 1- Open a file that you want to change the background settings

Step 2- Activate Watermarks Settings

In Word 2003
Click Format menu, point to Background. Select Printed Watermark

In Word 2007/ 2010
Click Page Layout, then Watermark. Select Custom Watermark

Step 3- Tick Text watermark. Then create your desire watermark. After finishing, click OK


It is rather easy to change Word documents’ background colors, images or watermarks with the above outlined instructions. When you are annoyed by the monotonous white background of your documents, you can try this fun. If you are confused about anything, you are welcome to contact us 24/7.



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