Microsoft Word techies?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by ctmom05, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. ctmom05

    ctmom05 Member

    <span style='font-family: Courier New'>How do I add a background to a word document and have it print along with the text?

    I typed a word document and applied a background. The background shows in the draft as I am working on it.

    When I go to print I only get the text, with no background. I've made many adjustments, trying to get the background to print, with no luck.

    Any helpful hints?

  2. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    What version of word are you working with?
  3. Ephchap

    Ephchap Active Member

    Click Format
    Click Background
    Click print watermark

    I think that should print it.

  4. DazedandConfused

    DazedandConfused Active Member

    I've never been able to use "background" and get it to print. I'm wondering if it is even meant for that. This goes for both word 2000 and 2003.

    What you need to do depends on what your are trying to accomplish. Do you want to put color behind the text? I don't think "background" was meant for printing. I think it's meant giving color to a document that might be imported into another application.

    I use page and paragraph borders and shading. Then, play around with it to get the affect I want.

    Or you can create a "shape(like a rectangle)" , enlarge it to fit the page, color fill it, and then "send it to the back" behind the text. It will print that way.
  5. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Print tab
    there is a box that you check for background printing.
  6. Kjs

    Kjs Guest

    I believe it is watermark. I use to print a lot of documents with background. It was a long time ago, but if I remember correctly it is watermark.
  7. HereWeGoAgain

    HereWeGoAgain Grandpa

    Well, the "background printing" option under Tools, Options is not for printing the background colors/images. Rather it means to print "in the background", i.e. Word creates a separate execution object that the computer only works on when it is not busy with commands you have entered. Allows you to keep the document open and keep on editing while the print job is running, or you can close the document before the print job has completed.

    The background color you set on-screen using Format, Background is for display or web pages only, not for printing, at least in the version of Word I use (2000). To print a background you will have to create a watermark.
  8. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Frig it.....get some colored paper. :painter:
  9. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Depending on the type of background you select, and your printer's settings, you may not be able to print the background.

    Star has a good idea...coloured paper will always come out the colour that you want it to. There are some lovely ones at Staples.

    All the best,
  10. DazedandConfused

    DazedandConfused Active Member

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: The_Loan_Ranger</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Frig it.....get some colored paper. :painter: </div></div>

    :rofl: :rofl:

    Besides, those printer cartridges are expensive! :cigarsmoker: &lt; Love this!
  11. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    From MS Word 2K on back you need to do the background as a watermark in your print settings.

    Background printing simply allows the print job to process during the milliseconds your computer isn't doing something else.

    ToK (Microsoft Certified but I'm in recovery now)