If I am not wrong, formated backgrounds of MS Word documents(the way you did it) is possible only in "web layout" view. In fact, Word automatically switches to web layout view if you try it. The background does not print because it is intended for a web page. What gets printed is the "inserted" picture. Perhaps, instead of "Format background>Fill effects", you can try "Insert picture" or use the picture as a background "watermark".
However, as a possible workaround, try saving your document, with the background nicely formated and still in web layout view, as a webpage.(Save as...). It will open with your default browser. If you have set your browser to print backgrounds (e.g. for IE, at Internet options...), perhaps you can then have what you want !
Hey all. I'm running Word 2003 on XP Pro, and I have a real throat-slasher of a Microsoft Word problem on my hands that I have posted far and wide on many forums, to no avail.
I have a picture that I am trying to post as a background image to a Word document. To do this, I go Format - Background - Fill Effects - Picture - Select Picture, then I choose the picture. The picture shows up, and when I view the file in Print View at 100% Zoom, it is at the perfect scale to my liking. But when I print the document, the background image is shrunk to a fraction of its original size and tiled in the background, behind the document text.
I have posted this on several different forums already, and the only answer I have received so far was from Garfield-n-Odie, who suggested the following:
"In Word, try turning off background printing in Tools | Options | Print. In Windows, try turning off print spooling and advanced text services in Start | Control Panel | Printers | right-click on your printer Properties."
"Check the setting of the "Print body text before header/footer" option on the Compatibility tab of Tools | Options. If the box is checked, clear it and vice versa and see if that helps."
"If you can you print to a different printer, try that."
I've tried these all, on a couple of different computers. No dice. Any ideas? I'm really at the end of my rope. Thanks a million in advance.