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. Rowandro says

    Thanks for the info. I succeeded in placing an image on the background, but the page numbers are shown behind the image. Is there also a way to automatically show the page numbers in front of an image? Assigning an image to the background doesn’t seem sufficient.

  2. cheeseguy says

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

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