Apply shading to words or paragraphs

You can use shading to add a graphic design element to your document. If you choose a theme color to shade portions of your document, the shading color will change when you choose a different theme for your document.

 Note   By shading words or paragraphs in Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can create visual interest in a document. The Highlight command offers a more limited color selection, which you can use when you review or edit a document.

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Apply shading to a word or paragraph

  1. Select the word or paragraph that you want to apply shading to.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to Shading.

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  1. Under Theme Colors, click the color that you want to use to shade your selection.

 Note   If you want to use a specific color that is not a theme color, click a color under Standard Colors or click More Colors to find exactly the color that you want. Standard colors do not change when you change the theme colors for a document.

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Change the shading color for a word or paragraph

  1. Select the shaded word or paragraph that you want to change.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to Shading.

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  1. Under Theme Colors, click the color that you want to use to shade your selection.

 Note   If you want to use a specific color that is not a theme color, click a color under Standard Colors or click More Colors to find exactly the color you are looking for. Standard colors do not change when you change the theme colors for a document.

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Change the document theme or theme color

If you used a color under Theme Colors to apply shading in your document, you can change the color of the shading and other colors in your document by applying a new theme or theme color to the document.

 Note   If you used a color under Standard Colors or More Colors, the color will not change when you change the theme colors.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Themes group, click Themes or Theme Colors.

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If you choose a new theme, you change the theme font as well as the theme colors.

  1. Move the pointer over the various themes or theme colors to view how the theme changes the shading color that you applied in the document.
  2. Click a theme or theme color.

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Applies to:
Word 2007