How to Use Backgrounds in MS Word That Fit the Page Size

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Use custom backgrounds to create an eye-catching Word document and break the monotony of a standard black text on white background document. This background can be a photograph or piece of artwork, placed behind the text and fit to size. Word automatically performs this function after a few clicks to upload the background image. There's no need to open a graphics software editor and resize the image to fit the page pixel by pixel, as Word fits backgrounds to page size for each document.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word. The program automatically defaults to an 8.5-by-11-inch page. To change the page size, click the "Page Layout" tab, click the "Size" button directly below the tab and select a new page size.

  2. 2

    Click the "Page Layout" tab if it is not already enabled. Click the "Page Color" button on the ribbon/toolbar below the tab and select "Fill Effects."

  3. 3

    Click the "Picture" tab. Click the "Select Picture" button. Browse to the picture to use for the background and double-click the image, which appears in the preview window.

  4. 4

    Click the "OK" button and Word inserts the background to automatically fill the page size in use.

Tips and warnings

  • When using one of Word's other background options, such as a solid colour or texture -- both available from the "Page Color" button -- Word automatically fills the background to fit the page size.

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