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Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

Document with decorative effects
Discover how watermarks, backgrounds, borders, shading, and graphical text effects can enliven your Microsoft® Word document.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Add a watermark or background.
  • Create borders and shading effects on text, tables, and entire pages.
  • Animate text and create other graphical text effects.

Your document is complete, but something's missing, and you don't have a lot of time to hand-craft graphical pizzazz. Word has a large, built-in store of attractive backgrounds, borders, shading, and text effects that you can apply quickly to the page or to text for instant effect. In this course we show you how.

To learn more about this course, you can read the overview in the center of this page or the detailed table of contents in the left column. Click the Next button to start the first lesson.

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