Microsoft Word provides you with the ability to add many types of content to your document. Whether it’s a media file like a picture or a video, or something else like a comment, you can really expand on simple text. There are several ways to insert pictures into the background of a document in Microsoft Word 2010, and each option is appropriate for different situations. But if you have had difficulty adding an image as a watermark or as a background image, then another option to consider is adding a picture to the header section.
Adding an image to the header section in Word 2010 will add the picture to the top of the document. That picture will then appear in that location at the top of every page of the document. Our article below will show you the steps that you need to follow to achieve this result.
Inserting a Picture Into the Header in Word 2010
The steps in this article will show you how to add an image to the header section of your document. That picture will display behind any text that you have entered into the document.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2010.
Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Header button in the Header & Footer section of the Office ribbon, then click the Blank option. Alternatively you can select the Blank (Three Columns) option if you would prefer to insert the picture into a different section of the header.
Step 4: Click the Picture button in the Insert section of the Office ribbon. If you do not see this option, then make sure that the Design tab under Header & Footer Tools is selected at the top of the window.
Step 5: Select the picture that you want to insert, then click the Insert button at the bottom of the window.
If your picture pushes down the body of your document, then you can click a corner of the image and drag it to adjust the size of the picture,
Or you can drag the bottom margin of the header section up by placing your cursor on the bottom margin in the ruler at the left side of the screen, then clicking the margin and dragging it up.
You can exit the Header and Footer view by clicking the Close Header and Footer button in the Office ribbon.
Do you have a picture in the background of your document, but it isn’t printing? You need to change a setting in Word 2010 to make background pictures or colors print. Click here and learn how to find that option.
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