How to Add a Background Picture in Word 2013

Microsoft Word 2013 is a full-featured word processing program that allows you to customize your documents in nearly any way that you can imagine. While this is often done through document formatting and the inclusion of media objects, you can also customize the background of the document with a watermark. Word 2013 has some basic default options that are good for a lot of situations, but you can use this watermarking feature to include one of your own images as the background picture.

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Custom Watermarks in Word 2013

You will notice in the tutorial below that the custom watermark menu has a few different options that you can use to customize the appearance of your background image. I am going to focus on showing you how to insert a washed out copy of your picture, as that will allow the picture to be displayed without overshadowing any information that might be displayed over top of it.

Step 1: Open a Word 2013 document.

Step 2: Click the Design tab at the top of the window.

Click the Design tab
Click the Design tab

Step 3: Click the Watermark option in the Page Background section of the ribbon at the top of the window, which will expand a drop-down menu.

Click the Watermark option
Click the Watermark option

Step 4: Click the Custom Watermark option at the bottom of the menu.

Select the Custom Watermark option
Select the Custom Watermark option

Step 5: Click the Picture watermark option, then click the Select Picture button underneath it.

Set a Picture watermark
Set a Picture watermark

Step 6: Select one of the image source options, then select the image that you want to use as your background picture.

Choose the location of the image that you want to use
Choose the location of the image that you want to use

Step 7: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Scale to choose how large to make the picture, click the Apply button, then click OK.

Configure and apply the background picture
Configure and apply the background picture

You will notice that there is a Washout box to the right of the Scale drop-down menu. You can uncheck this to display a clear version of your image, but note that it can make it difficult to read or see any information that is placed on top of the background picture.

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