How to Insert a Background Image in MS Word

By Jean Brewer

Microsoft Word offers a large volume of features to make your documents stand out. One of these features is the ability to insert a background image into your documents. Inserting background images allows you to use unique images and photographs to give greater emphasis to the content of your Word document.

Step 1

Click the "File" tab on the Ribbon, then click "New" and select "Blank Document."

Step 2

Click the "Page Layout" tab on the Ribbon.

Step 3

Click the arrow beside "Page Color" in the "Page Background" section of the "Page Layout" tab.

Step 4

Click to select "Fill Effects" from the "Page Color" menu. A new window will appear.

Step 5

Click the "Picture" tab and then the "Select Picture" button.

Step 6

Click to select the picture of your choice and click the "Insert" button. Click "OK" to confirm your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Low-resolution images will not fill the entire page, and MS Word will tile them to fill the entire space.
  • High-resolution images may not show the entire photograph in the background, depending upon the orientation and resolution.
  • You can only use one background image per document; changing the image on one page will place that same background image on every page.