Add Background Color To Word 2007 Documents

Microsoft Word is the most frequently used word processor to create both personal and professional documents. Its users range from professionals from different fields to kids learning basic computer typing in schools. It is user-friendly and hence one of the most preferred word editors.

Background Color in Word 2007 Documents

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MS Word 2007 contains various formatting options, colours, shades and styles for characters, which were not available in the previous versions. These options enhance the view of the documents created using MS Word and make it customizable.

Let us learn the quick trick of adding a background colour to your MS Word 2007 documents. Background colour can be added any time, which means it can be added during creation of the document and also after the document has been created. The procedure is as follows:

Background Color in Word 2007 Documents

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Open the document page where the background colour has to be added. From the active interface of MS Word 2007 called Ribbon, click on the third tab which says, “Page Layout”. In the 3rd group “Page Background”, click on “Page Colour”.

Page Colour Will Give You 5 Options To Work Upon

Theme Colours

Background Color in Word 2007 Documents

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This is a colour pallet which contains different colours along with their lighter and darker shades.

Standard Colours

This contains the standard colours arranged horizontally. They are Dark Red, Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Blue, Blue, Dark Blue and Purple.

No Colour

Clicking this option will simply erase any background colour (other than white), if existing and turn it to white, which is the default background colour of MS Word documents.

More Colours

Clicking on this option opens up a new window which contains two tabs, namely Standard and Custom. The Standard tab contains a hexagon shaped colour pallet with different shades of standard colours. The Custom tab contains a square shaped colour pallet where it is possible to scroll and select the lightest to the darkest shade of each colour of the two colour groups, namely RGB (Red-Green-Blue) and HCL (Hue-Sat-Lum).

Fill Effects

This option will give you four tabs, namely Gradient, Texture, Pattern and Picture. The Gradient tab allows you to adjust number of colours, transparency, shading styles and variants. The Texture tab provides different textures like woven mat, sand etc. and it contains a button which says, “Other Texture” which allows you to select a texture design stored in your system.

The Pattern tab gives you various black and white patterns to select from like light upward diagonal pattern, sphere pattern etc. You can choose Foreground and Background colour as well which again contains Themes, Standard Colours and More Colours. The Picture tab allows you to select a picture stored in your system as the background.

A utility within “Fill Effects” is that it gives you a sample/preview of the background colour and shapes you have selected. This sample/preview is present on the right-bottom side in all the 4 tabs, namely Gradient, Texture, Pattern and Picture.

After selecting the colour, it gets applied as a background of the document. Also, hovering the mouse over every colour will show that colour as the background temporarily till you finalise it by clicking the colour. This can give you an idea how your document will look after that particular colour is applied.