You can quickly add visual appeal to your Microsoft Word document by adding a background color, image or texture. You can choose from a variety of colors and fill effects. Adding a colorful background image can be helpful when creating a brochure, presentation, or marketing materials.

How to Add a Background Color

To add a background color to your document, switch over to the “Design” tab on Word’s Ribbon, and then click the “Page Color” button. This opens a dropdown menu with a selection of colors, including Theme Colors and Standard Colors. Click a color to apply it to the background.

For even more color options, click “More Colors”.

In the Colors window that opens, click the “Custom” tab, and then click anywhere in the color prism to select a color. You can also enter RGB values in their respective fields if you’re looking for a specific color. When you’re done, click the “OK” button.

For even more options, click the “Standard” tab. Click a color from the palette, and then click the “OK” button.

How to Add a Picture to the Document Background

To add a picture to your document background, switch over to the “Design” tab on Word’s Ribbon, and then click the “Page Color” button. In the dropdown menu, click the “Fill Effects” option.

In the Fill Effects window, switch to the “Picture” tab, and then click the “Select Picture” button. The Insert Pictures window that opens lets you select an image from your local drive, via a Bing search, or from OneDrive. After making your selection, you’ll find yourself back in the Fill Effects window, where you can click the “OK” button to insert the picture background.

 

How to Add Texture to the Document Background

To add a texture to your document background, switch over to the “Design” tab on Word’s Ribbon, and then click the “Page Color” button. In the dropdown menu, click the “Fill Effects” option.

In the Fill Effects window, switch to the “Texture” tab, pick a texture, and then click the “OK” button.

You can also use gradients or patterns as your background by switching to either of those tabs. They work pretty much the same way as the texture tab.


If you select a dark color for you background, consider changing your text color to white or a light color so that it blends well and stands out. Adding a background color, picture, or texture to a Word document can make your document look more attractive as well as add a bit a flare.