Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
2. Choose Options from the File screen.
3. Choose Display from the left side of the Word Options dialog box.
4. In the Printing Options area, put a check mark by the item labeled Print Background
Colors and Images.
5. Click OK.
You can now print the background color — well, assuming that you have a color printer.
Because the color is printed, and isn’t part of the paper, it doesn’t cover the entire printed
page. That’s because your printer cannot mechanically access the outside edge of a page, so a
white border (or whatever other color the paper is) appears around your colored page. At this
point, ask yourself whether it’s easier to use colored paper rather than all that expensive
printer ink or toner.
To remove page coloring, choose the No Color command from the Page Color menu.
See Chapter 10 for information on coloring text. Chapter 18 discusses coloring the text
background, which is a paragraph attribute and not a page format.
Adding a watermark
When finer papers are held up to the light, they show a watermark — an image embedded into the
paper. The image is impressive but faint. Word lets you fake a watermark by inserting faint text or
graphics behind every page in your document. Here’s how:
1. Click the Design tab.
2. In the Page Background group, click the Watermark button.
A menu plops down with a host of predefined watermarks that you can safely duck behind the
text on your document’s pages.
3. Choose a watermark from the long, long list.
The watermark is applied to every page in your document.
You can customize the watermark by choosing the Custom Watermark command from the
Watermark menu. Use the Printed Watermark dialog box to create your own watermark text, or you can
import a picture, such as your company logo.
To rid your document’s pages of the watermark, choose the Remove Watermark command from the
Watermark command button menu.
If the watermark doesn’t show up in the printed document, you may need to enable the Print
Background Colors and Images setting. Refer to the steps in the preceding section.
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