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Adding and Customizing a Page Background
points clearly and framing your ideas in the best possible light. But it can also overpower
your text, making it difficult for readers to understand your points and generally
detracting from the overall effect of your document. This section explores how to design effective
backgrounds that are subtle and add to the overall design of your project.
This section also discusses watermarks. These are typically discreet text elements that you
can include on the background of your pages that are often used when information is
confidential or proprietary. In this capacity, they inform the reader that the information is
not meant to be shared or that it belongs to your company alone. But watermarks are not
limited to legal notices; some groups also use watermarks as a kind of brand booster. For
example, you can include a shadowy picture of your product behind the text of your sales
Adding and Customizing a Page Background
The background you choose for your document should add to the readability of your text
and not detract from it. Word 2010 gives you the choice of choosing a specific page color,
adding a pattern, or selecting a texture for the pages you create. You can also apply a
photo to the background of the page if you choose or apply a custom pattern to the page.
This section introduces you to the various ways you can add a touch of design to your
page background.
If the background does not appear on printed pages, you might need to change your
print options. Click File to display Backstage view and then click Options. Then on
the Display tab, in the Printing Options area, select the Print Background Colors and
Images check box then click OK.
Applying Colors and Gradients
To add a color background to your document, on the Page Layout tab, click Page Color in
the Page Background group, and then perform any of the following actions (see Figure 6-2):
Click a color in the Theme Colors area of the palette to choose a color that will be
changed if you later choose a different theme.
Click a color in the Standard Colors area to choose a traditional color that will not be
changed if you change the theme.
Click More Colors to access additional colors that you can apply to your background.
You can then click your choice and click OK to add a color to the page.
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