How to Change Background Color of a Word Document

If you want to add a background color to your Word document to spice it then its very easy to do and the process is same for Microsoft Word 2010 and 2007.

When you will change the Word page background color through following process then it will only be affective for that specific Word document, it does not change the default Word background color which is normally set to white.

See also: Print Background Color Word Document

Change Page Background Color in Word 2007 / 2010

Simply open Word document and navigate to “Page Layout” menu. Click “Page Color” button and rollover different colors available in list for preview and click on your desired one to change background color.

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19 comments… add one
chased July 1, 2010, 7:36 pm

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

ala July 10, 2010, 4:55 pm

Good post and this fill someone in on helped me alot in my college assignment. Thanks you seeking your information.

Pardo July 20, 2010, 4:39 pm

Nice word tips keep it up these really help us as students

Jekubsen October 5, 2010, 2:10 am

It looks nice to change background color of a Word document instead of same white color

ALISA67 January 8, 2011, 9:58 pm

Thank you, easy when you know how, very good for people who are dyslexic!!


Qasim February 2, 2011, 2:17 am

That looks great when i changed background color of my Word docs.

Andre June 24, 2011, 10:55 pm

Nice post, but i cannot find a way to save this. Even saving in the normal.dotm doesn’t start the saved color in a new document.

Tuo July 10, 2011, 5:03 pm

Do we print Word docs with colourful background?

Pressdor Kasimu October 22, 2011, 12:45 am

How to Change the Window Background (I mean the office it self)

Like_A_Bouse December 23, 2011, 11:29 am

Well, if you are referring to the actual window itself, it most likely cannot be done, but heck, I have changed colors on crazy things, but most computers use a default color that cannot be changed. Sorry pal.

Sam February 22, 2012, 11:35 am

thanks mate. really helpful

Asma May 15, 2012, 9:15 am

Cool, really helpful tip to change background colour of a document in MS Word.

Steviecat August 24, 2012, 12:44 am

I am wondering if the entire background (not a document but the window/environment itself can be changed from the boring dull grey to something else more colorful like Windows 2007 was. Anybody know if that can be done?

Steviecat August 24, 2012, 12:58 am

Never mind. I found my answer. Sorry.

Klum November 19, 2012, 10:31 am

Background colour of Word document is not showing in its hard copy.Any idea?

priya April 15, 2013, 10:01 pm

great tips for ms word..

lexx4077 November 2, 2013, 7:58 pm

Doesn’t work to get rid of a “copy and paste” background, at least not for me

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