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    I am trying to design a book cover in Word because I am losing patience in Bluebeam and can't afford InDesign. The problem is that Word has a default white background and I need gray. So I tried to create a text box with a gray background whose borders extend to the edges of the page, but it is annoying working inside of a textbox, because it sometimes jumps around on me. Is there a way to get Word's background color to change without using text boxes? I know I can also use a table that is the size of the page but I want to avoid this if possible.

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='777241' date='28-May-2009 11:40']I am trying to design a book cover in Word because I am losing patience in Bluebeam and can't afford InDesign. The problem is that Word has a default white background and I need gray. So I tried to create a text box with a gray background whose borders extend to the edges of the page, but it is annoying working inside of a textbox, because it sometimes jumps around on me. Is there a way to get Word's background color to change without using text boxes? I know I can also use a table that is the size of the page but I want to avoid this if possible.[/quote]

    Try the methods shown here and here.

    Alan

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='777241' date='27-May-2009 18:40']I tried to create a text box with a gray background whose borders extend to the edges of the page, but it is annoying working inside of a textbox, because it sometimes jumps around on me. Is there a way to get Word's background color to change without using text boxes?[/quote]
    Can you put the textbox, or a large drawing object, into the header where it would be out of your way?

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='777241' date='28-May-2009 11:40']I am trying to design a book cover in Word because I am losing patience in Bluebeam and can't afford InDesign. The problem is that Word has a default white background and I need gray. So I tried to create a text box with a gray background whose borders extend to the edges of the page, but it is annoying working inside of a textbox, because it sometimes jumps around on me. Is there a way to get Word's background color to change without using text boxes? I know I can also use a table that is the size of the page but I want to avoid this if possible.[/quote]
    You can use a page background to colour the background but you are going to have a good time trying to find a printer which can put the colour all the way to the edge of the paper. This won't be such a problem if you are preparing a file for electronic delivery or a commercial printer since they print onto oversize paper and then chop off the edges.

    You didn't tell us which version of Word you are using but in Word 2007 you add the page background by going to the Page Layout ribbon and there is a button called Page Color. Now you also need to tell Word that you want the colour to appear in a printout. This is found in Office Button > Word Options > Display > Print Background colors and images.

    Alan Miller has replied with pointers to how to do same thing with Word 2003.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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