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Make Word 2013 Print Background Colors and Images

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 color 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.

Open Word 2013 and click the File menu.

word 2013 file menu

From the backstage view click the Options button.

click options from backstage

In Options, select the Display tab and then check the box titled Print Background Colors and Images. Click OK to save 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

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10 Responses to Make Word 2013 Print Background Colors and Images

  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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