How to Paint Blocks of Colors Behind Text in Microsoft Word 2003


Sometimes highlighting text with blocks of color can be useful in document creation. Modern day word processors allow for users to easily achieve this thanks to the text block color fill feature. Using this feature, users are able to easily paint blocks of colors behind text to better outline areas of documents.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2003
  • Select and highlight the text. Click on the desired text and hold the mouse button in as you highlight the desired portions of text, then release the mouse button and the text will remain highlighted.

  • Choose the color. On the command bar there is a text color palette, look for an icon that is shaped like a paint bucket spilling paint out. Click on the downward arrow to open the color palette, then click on the desired color.

  • Paint the text. Once you have selected a color, click on the icon again to paint the text.

  • Remove the color. Highlight the text again and click on the downward arrow of the paint bucket, then click on “No Fill.”

Tips & Warnings

  • The blocks of colors will appear on the printed document.
  • Blocks of colors and make some text hard to read.

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