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 it’s done.

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 an 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


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