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Microsoft® Word 2007 Bible by Herb Tyson

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Chapter 28. On Background

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Page background

  • Colored backgrounds

  • Patterned background

  • Textured backgrounds

  • Watermarks

If you're a "white pages" person, you might not care much about backgrounds. Even if you like the idea of sprucing up the page a little, you might not be keen on the extra ink or toner it takes to nurture those sprucing instincts. Thanks to the web, PDF, XPS, and other potentially paperless approaches to sharing the written word, however, ink and toner need not be considerations anymore. Much of what is published will never see a piece of paper.

Or, perhaps you're one of the millions who, while liking pretty backdrops as much as the next person, don't really want text to be any harder to read than it is already. Indeed, just about any time you venture out onto the information superhighway, you are blinded by headlights shining on presentations that put the sin into presintation. You know—those oh-too-cute web pages that are clever in concept but flunk the legibility test.

In this chapter, we're going to take a look at backgrounds: how to use them, how not to use them, when to use them, and when not to use them. After all, this is a Bible, so you have to expect at least a little bit of preaching. Let's get started.

Page Background

There are numerous different types of page backgrounds, used to add color, personality, or information to a document. They include the following:

  • Background colors and patterns—Used mostly for decorative purposes to add color to presentations ...

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