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Change the Page Color in Word – Instructions

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Change the Page Color in Word - Instructions: A picture of a user changing the page background color in Word.

Change the Page Color in Word: Overview

            You can easily change the page color in Word. When creating documents in Word, you are able to set a background color or use a fill effect. This helps to bring interest to your document.

            To change the page color in Word, click the “Design” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Page Color” drop-down button in the “Page Background” button group. In the drop-down menu that appears, you can choose a color from one of the sections.

            If you don’t see a color you like, you can click “More Colors…” to open the “Colors” dialog box. You can then use the “Standard” or “Custom” tabs to choose or create a new color. Then click “OK” to select the color and close the dialog box.

Change the Page Color in Word - Instructions: A picture of a user changing the page background color in Word.

Change the Page Color in Word – Instructions: A picture of a user changing the page background color in Word.

            You can also apply a fill effect for your page background. To apply a fill effect to a page background, select the “Fill Effects…” command from the “Page Color” drop-down. The “Fill Effects” dialog box then opens. Use the “Gradient,” “Texture,” “Pattern” or “Picture” tab to create the fill effect to apply to the page background. There are many options available on each tab. Choose the one that best suits your needs. Then click “OK” to apply the chosen fill effect and close the dialog box.

Change the Page Color in Word: Instructions

  1. To change the page color in Word, click the “Design” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Then click the “Page Color” drop-down button in the “Page Background” button group.
  3. Then choose a color from one of the listed sections.
  4. To choose more colors or create a custom color, choose the “More Colors…” command to open the “Colors” dialog box.
  5. Then use the “Standard” and “Custom” tabs to choose or create a color.
  6. Then click “OK” to select the color and close the dialog box.
  7. To apply a fill effect to the page background, choose the “Fill Effects…” command from the “Page Color” drop-down in the “Page Background” button group of the “Design” tab to open the “Fill Effects” dialog box.
  8. Then use the “Gradient,” “Texture,” “Pattern” or “Picture” tab to create the fill effect to apply to your page background.
  9. Then click “OK” to apply it to your document and close the dialog box.

Change the Page Color in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Selecting a Page Background Color or Fill Effect,” shows you how to change the page color in Word. This video lesson is from our complete Word tutorial, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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