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How to add and remove the background color or image in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-22

Tired of the plain white background in your email messages? You can personalize your emails by adding custom background colors or images while composing your message. This guide will show you how to easily set up and remove backgrounds in Outlook to enhance the visual appeal of your communications.

Add background color in Outlook

Add background image in Outlook

Remove background color or image in Outlook

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arrow blue right bubbleAdd background color in Outlook

It is quite easy to configure a background color when you are composing an email message.

Step 1: Get into the Message Window.

By the way, you will get into the Message Window after you click the New E-mail button under the Home Tab in Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2: Click the Page Color button in the Theme group under the Options tab.

Note: the Page Color button won’t be valid until you activate the message editing area.


Step 3: Pick up one of the theme colors, and click it.

Then the whole message editing area is filled with the color you selected in Step 2.

arrow blue right bubbleAdd background image in Outlook

Apart from background color, you can add a background image in the message editing area too.

Step 1: Get into the Message Window.

In Outlook, click Home > New Email.

Step 2: After activating the message editing area, please click the Page Color > Fill Effects in the drop-down menu under the Options tab. See the following screenshot:


Step 3: In the popping-up Fill Effects dialog box, click the Select Picture button under the Picture tab.


Step 4: In the Select Picture dialog box, select a picture and click the Insert button.


Step 5: Click the OK button to finish the configuring.

Then the selected picture is filled with the whole message editing area as a background.

Note: The recipient will receive the email with the background image that you have configured.

arrow blue right bubbleRemove background color or image in Outlook

The following steps will help you remove the background color or images you configured before.

Step 1: Click the Page Color button in the Theme group under the Options tab in the Message Window.

Step 2: Click the No Color item in the drop-down menu.


Then either the background color or the background image is removed from the Email message at a glance.

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All the instructions I could find are the same and there is no Options tab in the current desktop version of Outlook. Do you have updated instructions?
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Hi Scott,

The Options tab is available in the Message window, which appears when you compose a new email, or pop out a reply or forwarded message in Outlook.
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This contain is very informative.
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Hi, I want to add a pic to the mail by using the filleffects and there the picture is repeating many times..I want here to see the only one pic image in the entire screen not the plain colours.. and for the some images the entire screen get 1 and for some it repeats many times..please suggest
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when I click fill effects and choose picture, it doesn't occupy the whole editing ares, the picture comes in a grid form. So please let me know which option to change.
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