Microsoft Word - Make Your Picture's Background Disappear (Microsoft Word 2000/2002/v. X/2003)

You may occasionally find yourself working with an image with a solid background, such as clip art. By solid background, we mean a background that's all one color. If an image has a solid background, it may cover important parts of an overlapping image. Luckily, you can remove a solid background using Word's Set Transparent Color tool.

To get rid of a solid background:

  1. First select the image
  2. Click the Set Transparent Color button located on the Picture toolbar,
  3. Click on the background you want to remove

The results of the Set Transparent Color tool aren't always flattering. If the background isn't a solid color or it blends into the image, you may not be able to completely remove the background or you may wind up with fuzz around the edges of your image. If this happens, we recommend cropping unwanted areas instead of using the Set Transparent Color tool.

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