Word – Why does a background color in Word not print

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When you go to set a background color doing the the 'correct' way through 'design, page background, page color' (Word 2013), the background color never prints and you're forced to insert a shape and put that behind text. Why is this background page color not supported by printing and is there a way to allow the background page color to be printed?

Best Answer

There is an option to print background colors and images. By default, this option is set to false.

From Word 2007, you can find this settings under "Word options" window, "Display" tab, "Printing options" section and the option is called "Print background colors and images".

Source: Office support article.

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