How to Add a Patterned Background to a Microsoft Word Document

By Techwalla Computers Editor

You can use fill effects to change the background to a pattern in a Microsoft Word 97 and 2000 (for PC) and 98 (for Macintosh) document if you don't want the default white background. This feature is available only in Online (or Web) Layout view and doesn't print. You see it only on your screen.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Go to the Format menu and select Background.

Step 2

Select Fill Effects in the Background window.

Step 3

Select the Pattern tab.

Step 4

Click on one of the patterns. The pattern's name appears in the box below the patterns.

Step 5

Use the Foreground drop-down menu to select the foreground color for the pattern you selected.

Step 6

Use the Background drop-down menu to select the background color for the pattern you selected.

Step 7

View the pattern you selected in the Sample box.

Step 8

Click OK and the pattern you selected will be applied to the page. The view you're in will shift to Online Layout view if you're not already in that view.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use lighter fills for the pattern so that the text isn't obscured and remains easy to read.