Put an Image Behind Text in Word 2010

You can customize most of the elements of your Microsoft Word 2010 documents, including the background of the document. Many people assume that they can only add text and images to their document as the actual body of that document, but you can also configure the background of the document. For instance, you can put an image behind text in Microsoft Word 2010 to set it as the background for whatever you are writing. You can configure some of the settings for the image that is behind your text, allowing you to make it more transparent so that the top-level text is still able to be read. Continue reading to learn more about putting an image behind text in Word 2010.

 

Insert a Background Image in Word 2010

 

Whatever your reasoning might be for wanting to put an image behind your document text in Word 2010, it can create an interesting effect for the document. Whether you are using this background image like a watermark or because you think it improves the visual appearance of the document, the process for putting the image behind your text can be followed below.

 

Step 1: Open the Word 2010 document in which you want to insert the image behind your text.

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

word 2010 page layout tab

 

Step 3: Click the Watermark drop-down menu in the Page Background section of the ribbon at the top of the window, then click the Custom Watermark option.

word 2010 custom watermark

 

Step 4: Select the Picture Watermark option at the top of the window, then click the Select button to choose the image that you want to put behind your text in Word 2010.

put an image behind text in word 2010

 

Step 5: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Scale, then choose the size that you want the background image to be.

Step 6: Check or uncheck the box to the left of Washout if you want to make the image more transparent, which will help to make oyur overlaying text easier to read.

When you have finished configuring the options for the image behind your text in Word 2010, click the  OK button at the bottom of the window. Note that you can click the Apply button at the bottom of the window at any time to see how your changes will look in the document.