How to Change the Background Color in a Microsoft Publisher Label


Using Microsoft's Publisher software, you can break away from dull colorless labels, opting instead to add splashes of color throughout, including using a colorful background that helps your labels stand out. Some backgrounds work better than others though, and when a change is necessary, Publisher makes it possible to switch that colorful background with just a few mouse clicks. You'll be able to do more than change the color though. You can also add textures, patterns and even pictures to the background, creating a one-of-a-kind look that fits your every labeling need.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Saved Publisher label file
  • Digital image file
  • Start the Microsoft Publisher software on your PC by double-clicking on the Publisher icon located on your desktop, or by pressing the "Start" button, navigating to the "Microsoft Office" subgroup and selecting Publisher.

  • Load the label you need to change by clicking on the "File" command located on the main Publisher menu in the the top toolbar of the program and then selecting the "Open" option. Select the file you want to open from the browser window to load the label into your Publisher workspace.

  • Double-click on the color that you wish to change and then select a new color in the "Format" window that opens.

  • Click on the "Page Design" tab in the main Publisher menu instead of double-clicking if there is no background color already present. Select "Background" from the choices available within the Page Design tab to open a background table.

  • Select the background type from the options available, either a Solid background or a slightly changing Gradient background. Click the button marked "More backgrounds" to open up the "Fill Effects" menu.

  • Select the background effects desired, from the number of colors to the shading style and the transparency of the colors in the background of your label. Select the "Texture" tab to apply a texture to the background color, the "Pattern" tab to add a pattern to the background, the "Picture" tab to add a background picture from a digital image file located on your hard drive or the "Tint" tab to alter the shade of the background color. Press the "OK" button to apply this customized background to your label.

  • Open the "File" menu from the top menu selections and then select the "Save" option to save the label with the new background color applied.

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