Change a message background

Give messages a professional look when you change the default white background. Whether you select a different background color or go for more advanced gradients, textures, or picture options, the possibilities are nearly limitless.

Add a background color, gradient, texture, pattern, or picture

  1. Begin writing your message, and then click Options > Page Color.

    Themes group on the ribbon

  2. Pick a color, or click More Colors to get more options. To remove the color, click No Color.

    Page color options on the ribbon

  3. If you want to add a gradient, texture, pattern, or picture, click Fill Effects.

  4. Select the fill options you want.

The color of the gradient, texture, or pattern is based on the color you selected in step 2.

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Add a background color, gradient, texture, pattern, or picture

  1. On the Options tab, in the Themes group, choose Page Color.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose a color in the Theme Colors or Standard Colors palette.

    • Choose More Colors to get a more detailed palette.

    • Choose No Color to remove any color.

  3. Choose Fill Effects to add a gradient, texture, pattern, or picture, and then choose the fill options that you want.

    Note:  If you chose a color in step 2, the gradient, texture, or pattern is based on that color.

Add a background color, gradient, texture, pattern, or picture

  1. On the Message Options tab, in the Themes group, click Page Color.

  2. Click a color on the Theme Colors or Standard Colors palette. To remove the color, click No Color.

    Color picker

  3. If you want to add a gradient, texture, pattern, or picture, click Fill Effects.

  4. Select the fill options that you want.

    Tip: The color of the gradient, texture, or pattern is based on the color that you select in step 2.

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