How to Remove a Background Picture in Word 2010


Images can be added to a Word document in a number of different ways, and the correct way to do so will depend on the result that you are trying to achieve. If you wish to have a picture display behind the text in your document, then adding a background picture may be the correct choice. But after adding the background picture, you might decide that you dislike the appearance.

Removing a background picture can be a little tricky, however. Our guide below will walk you through the steps that you need to follow in order to remove a picture that you have added to the background of your document.

 

Deleting a Background Picture in Word 2010

These steps are meant to remove an image that has been added to your Word document as a background picture. If these steps do not work, then your background picture is actually either a header picture or a watermark. See our additional steps at the end of the article for ways to remove a watermark or a header picture.

 

Step 1: Open your document in Word 2010.

 

Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.

click the page layout tab

 

 

Step 3: Click the Page Color button in the Page Background section of the Office ribbon, then click the No Color option.

click the no color option on page color

 

 

Your background picture should now be gone. If it is still there, then the picture was inserted as a watermark or a header picture. You can remove a watermark by clicking the Page Layout tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Watermark button in the Page Background section of the Office ribbon and choosing the Remove Watermark option.

click the remove watermark option

 

 

If your image still remains, then it is likely a header picture. You can remove a header picture by double-clicking inside the header section of the Word document. You will know that the header section is active when you see the Header & Footer Tools tab at the top of the window.

header section is active

 

 

You can then click the picture to select it, then press the Backspace or Delete key on your keyboard to delete the picture.

 

Do you have a background picture in your document that you wish to print? This guide will show you the settings to adjust for that to happen.

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