Change the color of a page in OneNote 2016 for Mac

You can change the background color of any page in your notebook — either for aesthetic purposes or to make your notes easier to read.

Apply a color to the background of the current page

Do the following:

  1. On the ribbon, click the View tab.

  2. Click Paper Color, and then click the background color you want to apply.

    Tip: To distinguish a particular color from a similar one, rest the mouse pointer over a color square until its name appears in a tooltip.

If you change your mind and you want to apply a different background color to the same page, repeat the previous steps with a different selection.

Note: You can easily apply a background color to multiple (or all) pages in your notebook. On the right side of the OneNote app window, select the tabs of the pages whose background color you want to change, and then click View > Paper Color to apply the color you want. You can use the Shift key to select a contiguous range of page tabs, or you can hold the Command key while selectively clicking multiple, non-contiguous page tabs that you want to include in your selection.

Remove the background color from the current page

Do the following:

  1. On the ribbon, click the View tab.

  2. Click Paper Color, and then click No Color.

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