How to Add a Background Picture in Word 2013

You have the ability to set a background picture in Word 2013, although actually figuring out how to do so may be a bit of a challenge. Word 2013 includes the background picture option on its Watermark menu, which you may have previously dismissed as not offering the functionality that you need. But you have the ability to set a custom watermark for your document in Word 2013, and one of the options for a custom watermark is a picture.

Our guide below will show you how to add a background picture to your document via the custom watermark tool. We will also show you a couple of different formatting options that you can use which will help you to achieve the desired effect from your background image.

How to Set a Picture in the Background of a Word 2013 Document

This article is going to show you how to take a picture that you have on your computer and insert it into the background of your document in Word 2013. You will have the ability to scale the document to your own specifications, and you can apply a “washout” effect to the picture so that you can still read the content of the document.

Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.

Step 2: Click the Design tab at the top of the window.

click the design tab

Step 3: Click the Watermark button in the Page Background section at the right side of the ribbon.

click the watermark button

Step 4: Click the Custom Watermark button at the bottom of this menu.

click the custom watermark option

Step 5: Select the Picture watermark option, then click the Select Picture button.

select picture watermark, then click select picture

Step 6: Use one of the options on this screen to locate the picture that you want to set as your Word 2013 document background picture.

select location of picture to use for background image

Step 7: Click the Scale dropdown menu and choose one of the options listed there. Note that you can also elect to enter your own scaling by clicking inside the field and entering a number, followed by a % symbol. Check the Washout box if you would like the image to appear washed out. Once you are done, click the OK button.

how to add a background picture in word 2013

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