Use a colorful background, such as the examples shown here, to add boldness or flavor to Web documents. The backgrounds available include solid or gradient colors, textures, patterns, and pictures.
The first example uses a gradient background that has two colors, a lighter and darker green.
The second uses a texture that has a marbling effect. Woodgrains are another option for textures.
The last is an example of a two-colored diamond pattern. Stripes, dots, and checkerboards are some other patterns available.
You can also apply a picture background, using a file on your computer. However, you will need to wash out the color using a picture editor before you apply it as a background.
You add a background from the Page Layout tab. You can print your document with the background, but there's a setting you need to apply in Word before you do. You'll see how when you practice.
Warning Don't overpower your text with the background you choose. You want it to complement the text, not make it unreadable.