You can use shading to add a graphic design element to your document.
Note: By shading words or paragraphs in Word, you can create visual interest in a document. The Highlight command offers a more limited color selection, which you can use when you review or edit a document.
For information about using shading in tables, see Add or remove shading in a table.
For information about using document theme colors, see Apply, customize, and save a document theme in Word or Excel.
Apply or change shading on a word or paragraph
Select the word or paragraph that you want to apply shading to.
On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to Shading.
Under Theme Colors, click the color that you want to use to shade your selection.
Note: If you want to use a specific color that is not a theme color, click a color under Standard Colors or click More Colors to find exactly the color that you want. Standard colors do not change when you change the theme colors for a document.