Make Word 2013 Print Background Colors and Images

Sometimes your documents need a snazzy background to give them the jazz needed to impress clients. But, by default Word won’t print out background images or colors. Here’s how to change that, but watch out because it uses up a lot of ink.

Usually printing out colored backgrounds is the last thing you want to do. It uses up a lot of ink, just like printing out photos does. But sometimes you need to print something with a lot of colors or a background image, like a booklet for example. In this case, you have two options: Go to an office print store, or use your work/home printer for the job. In either case, you’ll probably still end up printing it with Microsoft Office, and here is how to enable image and background printing with Word 2013.

Print Background Color and Images in Word Documents

First, open Word 2013 and click the File menu.

word 2013 file menu

Next, from the backstage view click the Options button.

click options from backstage

In Options, select the Display tab and then check the “Print Background Colors and Images” box. Then make sure to click OK to save the changes and exit.

display menu print background colors

Now when you print, background colors or background images will now show up. As mentioned above, this can use up a lot of ink. You may want to keep this feature disabled until you are ready to print your final copies.

print preview word 2013



  1. Jack

    September 21, 2012 at 5:32 am


  2. Rae

    April 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I tried, the picture look just fine in the print layout.
    However, when i enter the print preview, the picture scaled and look too big. in the other hand, when i save the document as pdf format, the background picture turned into very smaller size and becomes repeated pictures as background.

    • Brian

      August 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Exactly the same thing happened here!

  3. Carol

    May 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I just want to print with color within my documents and letterheads. This does not work! Help!!!!!!!

  4. Marianela

    November 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Thank You! :)

  5. Dion

    March 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    MAC users Screen shot the image (cmd Shift 4) in full screen and then the file should pop up on your desktop. Simply print.

  6. Carlos

    July 29, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Great, thanks

  7. JD

    November 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks so much!! Worked great. Wish the new and improved versions of software really were better ;-)

  8. whaidi

    February 10, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Thank, you

  9. Seth D

    September 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Doesn’t work for word 2016. Anyone know of any other fixes. Even tried saving as html and pdf. No luck.

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