If you’re making a document in Microsoft Word that will be prominently featuring visual elements, such as a newsletter or a flyer, then you may consider adding a background image to the document as well.
Fortunately Microsoft Word gives you the ability to add a background image or a watermark to a document, and you can even use your own custom image. Our guide below will show you how to add a background image in Word so that you can achieve the desired appearance for whatever you are creating in the application.
How to Add a Picture to the Background in Microsoft Word
The steps in this article were performed in the Office 365 version of Microsoft Word that is included with a subscription. However, these steps will also work in most other versions of Microsoft Word.
We will be adding the image as a watermark in the steps below so that it appears on each page of the document.
Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.
Step 2: Select the Design tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Watermark button in the Page Background section of the ribbon.
Step 4: Choose the Custom Watermark option at the bottom of the menu.
Step 5: Click the circle to the left of Picture watermark, then click the Select Picture button.
Step 6: Browse to the picture that you wish to set as your background, select it, then click the Insert button.
Step 7: Click the Scale dropdown menu and choose the scale for the image, select whether you wish to washout the image, then click the OK button.
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