Last updated: March 13, 2017
The default background color in Microsoft Word 2010 is white for new documents. But not every document that you create will need or want a white background, and existing documents that are emailed to you might already have a background color that was changed by that document’s creator.
One of the best things about working with digital files of documents instead of physical files is the ease with which you can make changes. This feature is certainly an important element of Microsoft Word 2010 but, unfortunately, it is not always immediately obvious where you need to go to find the menu that allows you to make the change that you want. This is true if you want to to learn how to change the background color in a Word 2010 document. Whether you received the file from someone else and need to make edits to their design choices or you want to add a little color to the default white background, the method for changing the color of your Word 2010 background remains the same.
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Changing Page Background Color in Word 2010
You have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting the background of your document, including using an image as a watermark that appears behind your document text. You can read this article to learn how to do that. But when you want to set your document background as a single color, you can follow the steps in the tutorial below.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2010.
Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Page Color drop-down menu in the Page Background section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Step 4: Choose from one of the colors on this menu, or click the More Colors option to choose from Word’s entire color spectrum. Note that if you want to remove an existing background color and restore it to the default setting, you can select the No Color option on this menu.
Anytime you want to make any color change to the background of a document file in Microsoft Word 2010, you can follow these instructions to do so.
How to Remove Background Color in Word 2010
The options above will work if you want to change the background color to something other than its current setting, but what if you want to get rid of the background color in Word? Fortunately you can do this by following a very similar method.
- Click the Page Layout tab.
- Click the Page Color button.
- Select the No Color option.
Are you changing your page background color because you are making a newsletter, flyer, or some other type of document that is meant to attract attention? Learn how to insert decorative lines into one of your documents in Word 2010 using a tools that is already included within the program.
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