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Esther wrote at 2007-06-11 03:35:45
It still doesn't work for me...

bigchunks wrote at 2008-06-12 12:48:35
I know this is an old post, but this may prove useful.

By default, background colours are not printed in Microsoft Word, to enable it;

Open Word

Goto Tools > Options > Print >

Under the 'Include with Document' section

ensure 'Background Colors and Images' is ticked

I use Office 2003, other versions may differ slightly.

Hope that helps

gb wrote at 2008-07-06 13:46:22
Thank you for what you thought was a response to an old post.  The answer you provided was just the right solution for my dilemma.

lblorraine wrote at 2008-10-24 02:38:15
For Word 2007:

Click the Microsoft Office Button, and click Word Options.

Click Display in the list of links on the left.

Under Printing Options, click Print background colors and images.

With this setting, when you print, your background will appear on the printout but it must be set to print in color.  

Ashlyn wrote at 2010-02-08 20:44:32
Hi Andrew

I have been through this all before.  I was trying to print out a paper for school and it would not work.  The way to fix it is go to tools, options, click on the tab that says print, then check the box that says background colors and images.

I hope this helps!!  

clive wrote at 2012-03-19 19:56:33
There's an easier way.  Go to page setup, then select print options.  In there, check the box that says 'print background colors and images'


gnd wrote at 2013-02-06 08:52:14
Good solutions.. i browsed so many sites no could answer such simple solutions. A+ rated.

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