How to Make a Picture Background in Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word is the word processing software that's packaged with the Microsoft Office software suite. You can place images in your Word documents to supplement your text or create appealing designs within your work. If you change the image settings, you can place an image in the background, behind your document text. This allows you to create documents such as fliers, posters or cards where text will overlap the image in your design.

  • Launch Microsoft Office on your computer and open the Word document you would like to edit. You can also create a new document using the default blank document that appears when you open Word.

  • Click the "Insert" tab and click "Picture" to browse for the image you want to use.

  • Double-click the image to load it into Word. The "Picture Tools" menu will automatically appear.

  • Click the "Position" option, and then click "Behind Text." This will place the image as a background behind your text.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need to brighten your image, click "Brightness and Contrast," and then click a thumbnail from the menu. This allows you to fade the image, making it easier to see text that you type over the image.

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