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Format Page Backgrounds in OneNote- Instructions

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Format Page Backgrounds in OneNote- Tutorial: A picture of the “Rule Lines” drop-down menu within OneNote.

Format Page Backgrounds in OneNote: Overview

            You can format page backgrounds in OneNote to add visual interest and stay better organized. To change the settings of a selected page’s background, first click the “View” tab in the Ribbon. To change the background color, click the “Page Color” drop-down in the “Page Setup” button group. Then click to select any of the available colors. To remove an applied color, click the “No Color” choice at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

            You can also format page backgrounds in OneNote to add rule lines or grid lines. This simulates the look of notebook or graph paper. Click the “Rule Lines” drop-down to select from the different sizes of rule and grid lines available. To choose a new color for the lines, roll your mouse over the “Rule Line Color” command. This command appears the bottom of the button’s drop-down menu. Then select a line color from the side menu of choices that appears.

Format Page Backgrounds in OneNote- Tutorial: A picture of the “Rule Lines” drop-down menu within OneNote.

Format Page Backgrounds in OneNote- Tutorial: A picture of the “Rule Lines” drop-down menu within OneNote.

            There is a command called “Always Create Pages with Rule Lines” at the bottom of the “Rule Lines” drop-down. If selected, each new notebook page you create contains the selected rule or grid lines. This occurs until you turn the feature off.

            To turn it off, click the “Rule Lines” drop-down again. The command then appears with a checkmark next to it, indicating it is currently active. Click the command once to remove the checkmark and turn the feature off.

Format Page Backgrounds in OneNote: Instructions

  1. To format page backgrounds in OneNote, click the “View” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. To change the background color, click the “Page Color” drop-down in the “Page Setup” button group.
  3. Then click any of the available colors in the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. To remove an applied color, click the “No Color” choice at the bottom of the color drop-down menu.
  5. To add rule lines or grid lines to the background, click the “Rule Lines” drop-down.
  6. Then click one of the different sizes of rule and grid lines shown in the drop-down menu.
  7. To choose a new line color, roll over the “Rule Line Color” command at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  8. Then select a line color from the side menu that appears.
  9. To apply the selected rule lines to all new pages you create, select the “Create new pages with rule lines” command at the bottom of the “Rule Lines” drop-down.
  10. To turn off this feature, click the “Rule Lines” drop-down again and de-select the “Create new pages with rule lines” command.

Format Page Backgrounds in OneNote: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Formatting Page Backgrounds,” shows how to format page backgrounds in OneNote. This video lesson is from our complete OneNote training, titled “Mastering OneNote Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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