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Microsoft Word themes have styles like this:

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With color behind a line of text that spans the width of the page.

How do I do this myself with custom colours?

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In Office 365:

  1. Put the cursor on the line/paragraph you want to change.
  2. Click "Design" tab
  3. Click "Page Boarders" (far right), which opens the "Boarders and Shading" options dialog(*)
  4. Click the shading tab and use the "Fill" drop-box to change the colour of the boarder which will be full width of the page.

You can also use this on a text selection to change just the selected text (not full width).

(*) Why Microsoft think naming this "Page Boarders" on the ribbon and then "Boarders and Shading" in the dialog is beyond me.

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Use the "shading" dialogue to set a shading for the paragraph in question:

Menu --> Borders --> Borders and Shading --> Shading

Here, select a colour, and pay attention that the "Apply to" field is set to "Paragraph".

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(This is for MS Word 2010, but I suppose it has not changed in later versions; it was the same also in earlier ones.)

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