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From a new interface to timesaving content galleries, the latest version of Word brings a lot to the table. Instructor David Rivers explains each of its new features and attributes, from understanding and navigating its new interface, to using new formatting controls and extensive page layout techniques. Whether new to Word or wanting to learn about the new version, Rivers gives insight for increased productivity and professional documents with Word 2007. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
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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