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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Working with Background Colors

Background colors can add character to your documents. However, not all web browsers will be capable of viewing your exact background and text color combinations. Luckily, in most cases, they will revert to the browser's default colors with no ill effects. You should be aware that colorblind users will be unable to decipher pages with certain color combinations. When you choose colors, always test them to ensure the documents look good and are readable. For additional color resources, refer to Colors and Text and Web Publishing and Color Vision.

return to topSelecting a Background Color

To choose and apply a background color for your document, use the following instructions:

  1. From the Format menu, select Background...
    The Page Properties dialog box appears with the Formatting tab displayed.
    Page Properties dialog box, Formatting tab

  2. In the Colors section, from the Background pull-down list, select the desired background color

  3. OPTIONAL: To set text and link colors, from the Text, Hyperlink, Visited hyperlink, and Active hyperlink pull-down lists, select the desired colors
    NOTE: For more information, refer to Colors and Text.

  4. Click OK
    NOTE: Remember to test the compatibility of the color of your background with the color of your text and hyperlinks. The colors may appear fine individually, but when you place them all together on one page, you may find their combination difficult to read.

return to topDefining Custom Background Colors

To represent a color, you must use either the color name or the hexadecimal numeric equivalent. If you are familiar with HTML coding, you may already know how hex values work. For more information about color values, refer to Color Names and Numbers or Selecting Colors by Values.

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