Thursday, January 6, 2011

Microsoft Office Background Image Tiled While Printing Problem [SOLVED]

I had never thought that it would take my complete day to put a background image in word. Initially, I have used background image, everything looked well and fine. I got into trouble when I printed it to PDF, using PDF printer. I saw background image is tiled.

I goggled it, saw many people having same problem. I have gone through many posts, but had no luck to solve this.

Finally, I found work around for it. Here it goes.

1. Insert > Header > Edit Header, cursor will appear in your header section.
2. In Tool Bar, you will see "Picture" icon, click on it and select the background you wanted to put.
3. Then go to "Text Wrap", choose "Behind the text".
4. Now adjust the background image, according to your need.


Now you can print it, it will be same as what you see.



Bruce Krymow said...

Was personally having this issue in Word 2007 where the Print Preview displayed the background image correctly, centering and filling the entire background, yet printing to a PDF or printer results in the background image being tiled repeatedly on the entire page ==> finally figured it out!

Since the Header formatting option presented by others typically is not an appropriate option for most encountering this issue, and the background printing/spooling options don't work, the resolution to prevent the background image from tiling when printing to a PDF or a printer is as follows:

• Open the document in Word 2007
• Click on the 'Page Layout' tab
• 'Page Background' section > click 'Page Color' > click 'Fill Effects...'
• 'Fill Effects' window opens > click 'Texture' tab > click 'Other Texture...' button
• 'Select Texture' window opens > navigate to and click on the desired background image > click 'Insert' button
• 'Fill Effects' window opens > click 'OK' button

Since there is a known issue between MS Word and some print drivers resulting in pictures in the background being tiled instead of centered and filled, the trick is to insert the background image as a 'Texture' instead of a 'Picture'. Save your Word document and then edit as needed for any content to be displayed on top of the background image.

~ Bruce

Pack Rat said...

Did not work for me. Error was "the file is too big to be used as a texture"