Word 2013: How to Set Background

If you want to set a background in a Microsoft Word 2013 document, you have the option to set a background color or a watermark. There’s even a little trick you can use to set an image as a background. Here’s how.

Setting a background color

1. Select the Design tab.

2. In the Page Background area, select Page Color.

3. Choose a desired color.

Word 2013 Background

Setting a watermark

1. Select the Design tab.

2. In the Page Background area, select Watermark.

3. Choose the watermark you wish to use.

Select Watermark


Setting a image for a background

The options to put text in front of an image is a bit limited in Word, as it’s not a true publishing software package. However, you can use this little trick.

1. Select Insert > Pictures, then choose the picture you would like to use.

2. Select Insert > WordArt the select the type of WordArt you would like to use.

3. A box is created that you can drag anywhere you want, including in front of an image. It’s not a true background, but it works for some situations.
Text in front of image


  1. cheeseguy says

    great tutorial! but how do you insert a textbox to type on top of the background

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