Apr 272008

If you want to change standard white background word documents with some colour follow this procedure

Open your word document and choose Page Layout on the Ribbon, then select page colour to select the background colour you want.

After selecting your choice of colour you can see similar to the following screen

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  3 Responses to “How to Add Background Colour To Word 2007 Documents”

  1. This feature doesn’t work with pictures. Word 2007 previews the documents nicely but the background image tiles when printing. Have not yet found a solution.

  2. On the “Forced White Background” issue:

    When Windows first came out, the idea sold to us (the users) was that you could tailor the experience to your liking. After all, you are the user. Why would anyone force you to have an experience that does not conform to your personal liking. Anyhow, that was the original intent, & they did deliver. You could change practically any color in the computer. As a matter of fact I have been able to do just that all the way up to Windows XP. But of course, I had to go into the “Windows Classic” mode, “Display Properties/Appearance/Advanced” & then change any window, frame, menu bar, or button color to whatever I choose.

    We have to remember that Windows used to have an “Accessibility” option found in the Internet Explorer (browser) to allow people w/ color handicaps, or people like me & many others out there that are sensitive to “White Backgrounds” to not use the default backgrounds & allow you to choose what you want. I am a computer professional, I spend many long hours behind the computer monitor, & so if I can not tailor the experience to my liking, which is typically a light-gray background, I immediately get tense, & eventually I will get a headache from just straining the muscles on my face.

    I know that it can be done because the computer is perfectly capable, but I guess because of some decision made some time ago by some high level executive somewhere in the globe, they decided that white backgrounds are the same color as a book page, or printer page, except the pages reflect light, where as the white color coming from the screen is equivalent to a “light bulb” staring you in the face.

    Anyhow, I think it is about time computer companies such as Microsoft start, once again, caring about the user & their experience & allow them to choose any color they want for anything on the screen. That is, if they really want people to buy their software. Stubbornness can only go so far. Eventually the white backgrounds will disappear. But until then, we are stuck. I bet you anything the FBI, NSA, Pentagon, CIA, or any other alphabet letter agency, including of course the New York Stock exchange, can change their white backgrounds to something more subtle & easier on the eyes, specially in the dark, & thus choose any color they want.

    I hope somebody out there that cares is listening that can do something about it.


  3. Ok. I appologize. Windows 7 does allow you to get rid of the “White Background” or “Forced White Background”, as I call it.

    Now the trick is that when you go into the display themes menu (which I am not going to get into the specifics of how to get there simply because I don’t have a windows 7 system in front of me right now), instead of selecting any of the themes available, you have to select the “Windows Classic” theme, below the regular themes (& in the high-contrast category). Once in “Windows Classic” mode, you go in the “Advanced” editor & you can change all the windows colors & fonts etc. You should then save your theme, by selecting the “Save Theme” option & give your theme a (personal) meaningful name. Windows stores this information into a “filename.theme” file, which you can then copy into a thumb drive (for example) & load it into another computer so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of having to reconfigure each computer by hand. You can then just select your Theme & there you go. However, you have to know where to store this new theme file in the computer by searching & finding out where windows stores this file.

    Next time I am there (at work), I’ll take some notes & write down the specifics of how to get there, but for now this might be helpful for those who need to get rid of that “White Background” for good.

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