Why Isn’t Word 2013 Printing My Background Colors and Images?

Word 2013 has a number of different templates that can help you design newsletters, flyers, birthday cards, and more.

One of the first things that you may do when using one of these templates is to change the page color of your document.

But if you make that change and go to print the document, then you might find that the background prints as white. Word 2013 does not print background colors by default,

so you need to change a setting on the Word Options menu. Our guide below will show you where to find that setting.

Enabling Word 2013 to Print Background Colors and Images

The steps in this article are going to turn on a setting in Word 2013 that will apply to all documents that you open in the program.

If you only want to print the background color and images for a specific document, then be sure to follow these steps again to turn this setting back off.

Printing background colors can use a lot of printer ink. Ensure that you have enough ink in your printer if you are going to be printing a lot of pages with background colors.

Here is how to get background colors and images to print in Word 2013 –

  1. Open Word 2013.
  2. Click the File tab at the top-left corner.
  3. Click Options at the bottom of the left column.
  4. Click Display at the left side of the Word Options window.
  5. Check the box to the left of Print background colors and images. Click the OK button to close the window.

These steps are also shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window. This opens a Word Options window.

click the options button

Step 4: Click the Display tab at the left side of the Word Options window.

click the display tab

Step 5: Scroll down to the Printing options section of the menu, check the box to the left of Print background colors and images, then click the OK button to apply your settings.

why isn't word 2013 printing background colors and images

Now that you know why Word 2013 isn’t printing your background colors and images, you can change this setting whenever you need to adjust the way your documents print.

If you are printing something that will be applied as a t-shirt transfer, then you might need to flip a picture. Learn how to flip a picture in Word 2013.

Join Our Free Newsletter

Featured guides and deals

You may opt out at any time.
Read our Privacy Policy