How Do I Change the Background Color of a Text Box in Microsoft Word 2003?

By KR Knowlin

Microsoft Word 2003 is a word processor, but it contains a host of simple graphic editing options, features and effects that can improve your document. The Text Box option allows you to insert a standard box in which you can input text. This is helpful if you want to set an excerpt apart from other text. Add a background color to your text box to enhance the look of it on the page.

Step 1

Open the document containing the text box you want to edit. Click the text box to select it.

Step 2

Click the arrow next to "Fill Color" on the Drawing toolbar. Some background color options will appear.

Step 3

Click the color you want. It will load to the background of your text box.