Add a background colour to Word on just one single page

In Word, you can give documents a background colour. It means that you change the default white to any other colour, or with a fill effect even. To do this, go to the Page Layout ribbon tab and choose Page Color. From there, you pick the options you want.


However, this method will make all of your pages have that colour settings. If you want to make just one single page in a colour in Word, you are out of luck. Luckily, there is an alternative available. This can be useful to for example give the first page in Word a background colour.

The alternative is to add a square shape and make it the background. Then, for that shape, you give the shape a background colour and extend it to the full page.

Inserting a shape in Word goes like this:

  • Go to Insert
  • Choose Shapes
  • Choose a square to insert. Extend it to the full page and give it its colour properties as you wish.


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21 thoughts on “Add a background colour to Word on just one single page

    1. Change the “wrap text” setting of the shape to “behind text.” Then you should be able to insert a text box or a picture in front of the shape. If you only need to add text, you should be able to type it directly onto the shape. I prefer to use text boxes because I can position them where I want.

      1. Thank you, Kathleen! I’m doing the church bulletin for Pentecost and the color for that day is red. I didn’t want to print the entire bulletin in red (might overwhelm people and would be hard to read 20 pages on a red background), but I thought a red cover would be great. I inserted the shape according to Thomas, above, but I lost our logo and other important text. Your answer was absolutely perfect, and I made the change in about one minute!

    1. Sivakumar, I did a few additional small steps to assure I could type on that colored page and add images:

      — Click on the shape you added to the page
      — Click on Format, under Drawing Tools
      — Click on Text Wrapping
      — Click on Behind Text
      — Click on Send to Back (above the words “Text Wrapping”

  1. Hello there,
    Go to => Appearance => Customize => Additional CSS and add the following CSS Code.

    .blog #content article {
    background: #123456;

    You can change the color according to your choice.
    Also let me know where you would like to change the font.

    Let me know if this works out!
    Kind Regards.

  2. I am using Microsoft Word 2019. In the Design ribbon select Page Borders (just to the right of Page Color) followed by the shading tab. Select No Color for fill, select the Style and Color needed under Patterns, and then apply to either paragraph or text using the drop down on the right. This allows you to set any color you want as a background for the full lines you have selected or just the text you have selected. Also if you add any borders you can use the fill drop down to select a color to fill inside the border. I am not sure which version of Word added this feature, but hope it helps.

  3. How can I add a background image to only one page? i.e. my title page. i composed it on PS, saved in jpeg format. Now I’m unable to insert it as a title page.

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