How to Make a Word Document With a Black Background White

By Filonia LeChat

Sometimes things in life really are as simple as black or white, especially when it comes to word processing. If you've created or opened a Microsoft Word document with a black background and want to transform it to its standard white look, the program's simple functionality will have you seeing everything in a new way with just a couple of quick clicks.

Step 1

Open Word, pull down the "File" menu and click "Open." Browse to the black background document and double-click the file name so it opens in a new Word window.

Step 2

Pull down the "Format" menu, click "Background" and click the white box on the colored box menu. The background of the document instantly changes to white.

Step 3

Pull down the "File" menu, click "Save As" and rename the file; don't save it on top of the original in case you want to access the black background version again.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your original black background document had white text, changing the background to white may cause your text to blend in and become unreadable. Before performing step 2, highlight your text, right-click the highlighted section and select "Font." Pull down the "Font Color" menu and change the font to any color but black or white. This is just a temporary fix. Click "OK" and then change the page's background to white. Once it changes, repeat the text highlighting and change the text to black or your preferred color.