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The color background does not print or appear in page layout view or in print preview. It appears correctly in online layout view.
If you want to print a color background with a document, use the drawing tools. Use the following steps:
NOTE: The area around the edge of the page may not have the color background. This is because most printers cannot print right to the edge of the page.
Microsoft Word 97 for Windows provides a new feature: online layout view. This view optimizes the layout to make reading online easier. Text appears larger and wraps to fit the window, rather than the way it will print. To switch to online layout view, click Online Layout on the View menu.
To make your document more visually appealing to read online, you can add background colors and textures to it. You can see these backgrounds only in online layout view, and you can't print them.
To add a background color for online reading: on the Format menu, select Background. Click the color you want.
Article ID: 157757 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.1
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