How to Change the Background Color in a Microsoft Word Document

By Chad Davis

Enhance your document by changing the background color of your page in Microsoft Word 2013 with the Page Color button in the Page Background group of the Design ribbon. You can select a standard or custom color to apply to the entire background of your document. Colored backgrounds use more ink when printing and are not recommended for black-and-white print jobs.

Applying a Background Page Color

Adjust the appearance of your document using the Design ribbon. Click the "Design" tab in your Word document and click the "Page Color" drop-down button in the Page Background group. Move your cursor over the color boxes to preview the background page color on your document. The colors under Theme Colors reflect the color palette used by your document's current theme, if applicable. The boxes under Standard Colors contain the most commonly used colors. Click a color box to apply it to your background.

Applying a Custom Background Page Color

You can apply a custom color to your background using the More Colors dialog. Click to apply a custom page color to your document, click the "Page Color" button in the Page Background group of the Design ribbon and then "More Colors..." Select a color from the Standard or Custom tab and then click the "OK" button. If you want to remove the page color from your document, click the "Page Color" drop-down button in the Design ribbon and then click "No Color."