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I can easily change the page color of every pages in my document thanks to the Page Layout Tab in the Ribbon, but I would like to change the color of a single page.

Any idea about how to to this with Word 2010 ?

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Unfortunately, Microsoft Word has no option to change color of individual pages in a document. Since it is hardcoded in the program, there is no way to change this behavior (page color always applies to whole document).

However, there is a workaround. If you cover the page with a text box and fill the text box with whatever color you want, you can have individually colored pages. This is not a productive method but the only one I can suggest.

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Create a specific section for your page, then use the header/footer to insert a full-page rectangle with your specific color.

Mark the checkbox "different first page"

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This is creative and clean solution –  ak112358 May 13 '12 at 0:15
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Insert a shape (square). Drag it by its handles to fit the extremities of the page. Choose 'Behind text' in Wrap Text. Tint it in 'Fill' menu. This will print just for this page.

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You can't change the background color of just one page. The background color applies to the whole document.

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Create a seperate document titled "Cover Page...(your document title)". This way they save together in the document folder. So dumb that in 2010 they still can't create different cover page color as has been requested for years, but this work around is so much easier than other options I have heard.

Bonus? You get to view side-by-side with your document when creating your table of contents (if you have one).

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Create separate documents for each set of differently colored pages. For each set of pages, change the background color. Change all separate documents into .pdfs. Then merge the documents into a single .pdf. Each section will have its own page color

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Although you have a good suggestion how to do this, this question was how to do it in Word 2010. –  CharlieRB Nov 30 '11 at 15:49
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it cant be done properly, but if you go on images and tyoe in the colour you want, copy it, then paste it. right click on it and press wrap text: then press wrap behind text.then just make it fill out to the whole page. easy.

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In Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Windows 7 it is quite easy to do. If you have already printed the page you want coloured, draw a 'text box' to cover the whole page and click on the 'fill' colour you want. Stretch the box to completely fill the page, then go to 'Text Wrapping' and click on 'behind text'. This gives you your single coloured page.

Once you print it, it will say you are outside the printable area - ignore this and it should print the whole page.

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go to tools then to merge documents then individual coloured pages than customise

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It can be done. Highlight the words on the page then hit the color fill and select your color you prefer. You can color one page and not the others. What a beautiful sight.

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In Word 2010: - Insert/Shapes: Click the rectangular shape - Draw the it in the page you want to change color - Fill the rectangular with the color you want - Format/Text Wrapping/In Front of Text - Drag and enlarge the rectangular to the whole page

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