How to Insert a Background in Microsoft Word 2007

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When you create a Microsoft Word document, adding a solid color background or image might enhance the document and make it more attractive and appealing to readers. Microsoft Word 2007 includes a feature that allows you to insert a solid color, design, texture, color gradient or picture background to your Word documents. This feature enables you to create personalized stationery, add a company logo or mark a document as Final or Confidential.

Add a Solid Background

  • Open the Microsoft Word document that you want to insert a background.

  • Click the "Page Layout" tab and click "Page Color" from the "Background" group.

  • Choose a background color from the examples. If the examples do not include the desired background color, click "More Colors." Choose a color from the color wheel or create a color by clicking the "Custom" tab.

Add a Picture Background

  • Open the Microsoft Word document that you want to insert a background.

  • Click the "Page Layout" tab and click "Watermark" from the "Page Background" group.

  • Click "Custom Watermark" and click the bullet next to "Picture Watermark."

  • Click "Select Picture" and navigate to the picture that you want to include as a background. Click the picture and click "Insert."

  • Adjust the size of the picture by selecting a percentage from the "Scale" heading.

  • Check the box labeled "Washout" to lighten the picture.

  • Click "Apply" and click "OK." Word adds the picture to your background.

Tips & Warnings

  • Insert a background that includes multiple colors or a pattern by clicking "Fill Effects" from the "Page Color" drop-down menu.

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