Print background colors and images in Word 2007


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Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP 😉

 

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute 🙂

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP 😉

 

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Have you ever poured your heart and soul into absolutely awesome background in your word doc?  Maybe you coloured it bright yellow, therapist or purple, what is ed or ‘mother of pearl’? 

It looks great on the screen, but when you print it… you can’t see it!

Did you know by default Microsoft Word 2007 that background colors and images are not printed?

It is easy to print them out though.  Here is how:

  1. Open the file menu (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on "Display" in the left hand menu
  4. Look in the "Printing options" section"
  5. Tick the "Print background colors and images" check box
  6. Click ok

How easy!  Just a word of warning though… printing a bright yellow background on every page will not only cost you an arm and a leg in ink and toner, but will also require you and your colleagues to invest in sunglasses.

 

’till next time!

TNP 😉

 

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10 thoughts on “Print background colors and images in Word 2007

  1. HI TNP – thanks for posting the instruction, I have been searching this answer for weeks! Thanks thanks thanks

  2. The toggle for getting the background print was found rather quick and easy. What did disappoint me is the way background gradients are being print! In my document (intended to be used as a flyer) a simple 2 color gradient was chosen as a background. This was set using the option built into Word 2007. So one would expect to get what is seen on the screen.

    Imagine the horror when I found out that the gradient was way off on the print! Instead of a single gradient it repeated it a couple of times, ruining the effect. What am I doing wrong?

  3. Thankyou so much!! i have spent 2 and a half hours trying to print with a background, its the same on word 2010!! this has brightened my day immensely 🙂 thanks so much
    xxx 🙂 🙂

  4. THANKYOU SOOOO MUCH!! omg but for some reason, it shows in print preview but they are repeated in small blocks now instead of just one on the whole page!! for e.g. if i did horizontal gradient, it’d b all these small horizontal blocks as the background!! omg pls help!! 🙁

  5. re:

    [THANKYOU SOOOO MUCH!! omg but for some reason, it shows in print preview but they are repeated in small blocks now instead of just one on the whole page!! for e.g. if i did horizontal gradient, it’d b all these small horizontal blocks as the background!! omg pls help!!]

    hi, the reason for this is ms pub is using a low res tileable background in the digital document. it is usually a tiny square and if you output at say 300 dpi, the software will tile the image to the size of the out put. if you make the res higher you should notice it tiles more.

    unfortunately the fix for this issue is bizarre and not worth the effort in most cases, and can be tracked if you are interested via the googs.

  6. Thanks. I would think that this option would be set “ON” as you would want to print backgrounds when you compose a flyer or something.

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