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I wish to change the default colour of the screen that opens up in Microsoft word which is usually white to blue. I have done this on my computer which has Microsoft word 2016 on it with Windows 10 browser. (I go into users/Appdata/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates. Right click on the document Normal.dotm and open it change the colour by using page colour save). I cant seem to do this on Microsoft version 2010 running on Windows 10. The template has a black exclamation mark at the side of it with a yellow background. When I change the colour it doesn't work and the screen keeps opening up in white as a default. Is there an app that I need to download to this computer for it to work?

ANSWER: Hello Sam,

Thank you for your question.  

You can change the screen colour in the Backstage View (File / Info); then select from the three options presented in the screen.  

Hope this helps.


Mary Lindsey

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I've got 3 optionso under info in word; protect document,inspect document or manage document. Can't see anything that relates to background colour. Any ideas?


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Hi Sam,

Apologies for the erroneous instructions...

The corrected response is:

You can change the screen colour in the Backstage View (File / Options); then select from the Office Themes section (Colourful, Dark Gray, Black, White) - I am attaching an image for your review...


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