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Applying a Page Background

From: Word 2007 Essential Training

Video: Applying a Page Background

When it's time to spice up your document, to make it more pleasing to the eye, one great way to do this is with a page background. Now in the next lesson we'll look at watermarks, but before we get there, we're going to look at applying our own background to pages in our document and this can involve applying page colors, borders and even effects like textures. It's fun. So let's give it a try. First of all, we'll need to open up a different document. Click the Office button, then Open and we're open up this one here, job posting 10, so give it a click before you click the Open button.

Applying a Page Background

When it's time to spice up your document, to make it more pleasing to the eye, one great way to do this is with a page background. Now in the next lesson we'll look at watermarks, but before we get there, we're going to look at applying our own background to pages in our document and this can involve applying page colors, borders and even effects like textures. It's fun. So let's give it a try. First of all, we'll need to open up a different document. Click the Office button, then Open and we're open up this one here, job posting 10, so give it a click before you click the Open button.

OK, so if we scroll down looking at this document, not much to it. Very plain and it looks like a job description here for training consultant. OK, let's begin with changing the page color. We're going to go to the Page Layout tab up here on our ribbon and next we're going to go to Page Color. You'll find it over here in the Page Background group. See we've got Watermark, Page Color and Page Borders as well. Page Color has a little drop down arrow. So when we click it, we get to choose from all of these colors we see in the palette.

Now look what happens when we hover over the colors without clicking them - we get that live preview. So as we move through some of these, we eventually find the color that we want and we simply click it. So I'm going to go down here to my standard colors, and that's a little too bright. All of these are pretty bright. And if I realize that maybe the color I'm looking for isn't here, I can come down to More Colors. I click More Colors, notice that I've got the Colors dialog box here.

The Standard tab is selected by default, and now I've got this palette here to choose from. I've also got some gray scales down below. If I go to the Custom tab, you'll see I've got even more to choose from and if I was wanting to be precise with the color, I can actually enter RGB values here, red, green and blue values, to get the exact color I'm looking for. I can also do HSL, Hue, Saturation and Luminance. So I'm going to change this back to our RGB and if I wanted to, I could just come through here.

Well what happens when I click on a color? I see the new selection and I see how it would appear versus the current selection. Well, I'll hit Cancel here, and I'm actually going to go back up now to my Page Color. And I'm going to come down to the Theme Colors here and select one from here, because I've got quite a few shades of the standard colors showing up here in this palette. So let's do a tan background and as we hover over these, you'll see a little quick tip show up.

There's orange and as I move down, you can see, these are various accents of orange. So I'm going to move over here to this third column, Tan, Background 2. And you can see Darker 10% shows up. That's the one I'm looking for. I'm going to give it a click. OK. So already we see some nice change to the look of our document. Now let's play around with some effects. So we're going go back up to the Page Color button, give it a click, but this time we'll go down to Fill Effects. When we click that, you can see we've got a number of tabs.

You've got Gradient and Texture, Pattern and even Picture if we wanted to. From Gradient we can choose from one color, two colors or from presets, if we wanted to. So I'm going to just click on two colors here. You see my first color is my selected color right now, the tan background, and you can see I've got some variants to choose from here. When I click on these, you can see a sample showing up down here in the bottom right-hand corner. I can change the shading style, there's Diagonal, so if I like that one right there and I want to choose a different color to mix with my first color, I can do that too.

And you can see I get some nice effects here. I'm going to selected this and then click OK. So right away, you can see that gradient going right through my document. That's kind of cool. Let's try some textures. Now we'll go back up to the Page Color button, down to Fill Effects, and this time we'll click on Texture. We've got some presets here to choose from, and there's a scrollbar, and it does show you that there's quite a few to choose from here. We've got some wood, some marbley, and we've got some material looking as well.

So this first one here, if I click on it and click OK, it's going to give me a totally different look to my document. Another option is Pattern. So let's go back to Page Color and Fill Effects and this time we'll go to the Pattern tab, and you can see we've got some built-in patterns, stripes, diagonal stripes, checks. And then we can choose two different colors for our foreground and our background. So if we wanted white and black for example, we'd click white for the foreground and then black for the background.

You can see it's much more vibrant that way. I'm not keen on any of these, so I'm just going to click Cancel here. And we're going to look at one more, we're going to look at the Picture section, even though we're going to save that for watermarks in the next lesson. We'll go back up to Page Color, down to Fill Effects and we'll go up to the Picture tab. So here's where we would select a picture that's going to show up in the back of our document, such as the cake logo. So if we are to choose that and click Insert. You see this is what's going to show up and it's going to be enlarged to fill our page.

And when we click OK, look what happens. It's repeated. So I'm not keen on that. It's kind of hard to read any of the text, so I'll go up to my Undo button, and I'm going leave it at this texture. Okay. It's very different than just changing the color. Let's see now what it will look like with a border of some kind. So this time, with Page Layout still selected on our ribbon, we're going to go to Page Borders. Give that a click and you can see we've got Borders, Page Border, which is little bit different, it goes around our entire page, and we got Shading as well, if we wanted to do that.

We'll keep it at Page Border. And you see we've got some different styles to choose from, as we scroll down, some of these double lines have thicker and thinner lines combined. And we get down into some shaded ones as well down here. So I'm going to choose this one here. I see a preview over here on the right hand side. You can see it set to three points. I can increase that by clicking the Width drop-down and change it to six points. It gets going to be applied to the whole document, in this case it's only one.

Look at these settings down here. That's for Box. If I prefer a shadow, I can click Shadow and you can see what's going happen here. It's going to feel like my document's coming off the paper. I've also got 3-D if I wanted to choose that. And it's all based on what I select over here under Style. And I can do my own custom ones. Let's leave it at the 3-D selection here and we'll click OK. All right. So there's our 3-D border. We still have our page background with our texture showing up, but a different color and style of border.

Kind of interesting. So I'm not quite sure that this border suits the style of my document. I'm going to go back up to Page Borders here. This time I'm going to go to Box and try one of these double wavy lines. I'm going to change the width to, well maybe not. We'll leave it at three-quarter points, and the coloring I'm going to change to something that matches my document. I'll go over here and we've got already got beige in there so I'll go to maybe a darker complementing color. When I click OK, there.

That's much more like it. OK, so that's very different. Another similar way to change the look of your documents is with a watermark and we're going to do that one next.

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Word 2007 Essential Training

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  1. 40s
    1. Welcome
      40s
  2. 28m 24s
    1. Getting started with Word
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 23s
    3. Navigating the interface
      11m 24s
    4. Navigating documents
      6m 16s
  3. 18m 39s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 25s
    2. Importing documents
      4m 35s
    3. Saving documents
      5m 41s
    4. Sending documents
      2m 58s
  4. 12m 35s
    1. Using Print Preview
      2m 45s
    2. Using Quick Print
      2m 31s
    3. Setting print options and printing
      7m 19s
  5. 23m 29s
    1. Selecting text
      3m 45s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 2s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      3m 35s
    4. Undo, Redo, and Repeat
      3m 26s
    5. Copying, pasting, and moving text
      4m 37s
    6. Showing formatting
      3m 4s
  6. 20m 30s
    1. Using indents
      3m 52s
    2. Setting justification
      3m 19s
    3. Changing line spacing
      4m 11s
    4. Setting tabs
      6m 10s
    5. Using the Highlighter
      2m 58s
  7. 38m 26s
    1. Changing margins
      5m 54s
    2. Changing orientation
      2m 29s
    3. Page numbering
      5m 41s
    4. Choosing paper size and source
      3m 59s
    5. Headers and footers
      7m 23s
    6. Applying a Page Background
      7m 56s
    7. Using Watermarks
      5m 4s
  8. 20m 10s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      4m 54s
    2. Finding synonyms
      3m 37s
    3. Looking up words and translations
      4m 55s
    4. Setting document proofing options
      6m 44s
  9. 23m 19s
    1. Modifying Environment settings
      7m 46s
    2. Modifying Display and Document settings
      6m 47s
    3. Modifying toolbars and keyboards
      8m 46s
  10. 15m 7s
    1. Creating a bulleted list
      7m 27s
    2. Creating a numbered list
      3m 36s
    3. Editing a list
      4m 4s
  11. 55m 28s
    1. Creating tables from scratch
      5m 29s
    2. Creating tables from text
      3m 25s
    3. Inserting an Excel spreadsheet
      5m 3s
    4. Modifying tables
      7m 44s
    5. Formatting tables
      7m 32s
    6. Making calculations in a table
      4m 13s
    7. Creating charts
      5m 44s
    8. Modifying chart data
      2m 8s
    9. Modifying chart appearance
      12m 29s
    10. Creating text from a table
      1m 41s
  12. 10m 18s
    1. Using Styles
      3m 3s
    2. Creating Styles
      3m 38s
    3. Editing and deleting Styles
      3m 37s
  13. 9m 21s
    1. Creating and using Building Blocks
      4m 27s
    2. Editing and organizing Building Blocks
      4m 54s
  14. 26m 23s
    1. Creating a Mail Merge
      13m 27s
    2. Creating a Data Source
      5m 21s
    3. Merging to create envelopes and labels
      7m 35s
  15. 8m 58s
    1. Sorting text
      4m 15s
    2. Sorting numbers
      2m 11s
    3. Sorting in tables
      2m 32s
  16. 10m 36s
    1. Creating Macros
      5m 40s
    2. Playing a Macro
      1m 46s
    3. Editing a Macro
      3m 10s
  17. 10m 13s
    1. Working with Newspaper Columns
      5m 31s
    2. Working with Parallel Columns
      4m 42s
  18. 24m 13s
    1. Working with Pictures and Clip Art
      10m 23s
    2. Working with Shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Working with SmartArt
      8m 40s
  19. 40m 40s
    1. Tracking changes
      7m 40s
    2. Reviewing changes
      3m 42s
    3. Sending and faxing documents
      3m 39s
    4. Password-protecting documents
      3m 4s
    5. Linking and embedding
      10m 7s
    6. Inspecting a document
      2m 43s
    7. Encrypting a document
      2m 45s
    8. Adding a digital signature
      7m 0s
  20. 30m 12s
    1. Creating cross-references
      3m 41s
    2. Creating a table of contents
      4m 8s
    3. Creating an index
      4m 43s
    4. Creating footnotes and endnotes
      7m 17s
    5. Using hyperlinks
      4m 24s
    6. Using bookmarks
      3m 26s
    7. Using a document map or thumbnails
      2m 33s
  21. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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