Add, change, or delete a background

A background or a page color is primarily used to create a more interesting background for online viewing. Backgrounds are visible in Web Layout view and Full Screen Reading view.

You can use gradients, patterns, pictures, solid colors, or textures for backgrounds. Gradients, patterns, pictures, and textures are tiled or repeated to fill the page. If you save a document as a Web page, the pictures, textures, and gradients are saved as JPEG (JPEG: A graphics file format (.jpg extension in Microsoft Windows) supported by many Web browsers that was developed for compressing and storing photographic images. It's best used for graphics with many colors, such as scanned photos.) files and the patterns are saved as GIF (GIF: A graphics file format (.gif extension in Windows) used to display indexed-color graphics on the World Wide Web. It supports up to 256 colors and uses lossless compression, meaning that no image data is lost when the file is compressed.) files.

What do you want to do?


Add a background to an online document

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Color.

Page Background group

  1. Do any of the following:
  • Click the color that you want under Theme Colors or Standard Colors.
  • Click More Colors and then click a color.
  • Click Fill Effects to add special effects, such as gradients, patterns, or textures.

 Note   Select the color that you want before you apply a gradient or pattern.

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Change a document background

You can apply a different color, apply a texture or picture instead of color, or change settings for patterns and gradients.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Color.

Page Background group

  1. Do any of the following:
  • Click the new color that you want under Theme Colors or Standard Colors.
  • Click More Colors and then click a color.
  • Click Fill Effects to change or add special effects, such as gradients, patterns, or textures.

 Note   Select the color that you want before you apply a gradient or pattern.

Remove a background

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Page Color.

Page Background group

  1. Click No Color.

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Applies to:
Word 2010