Publisher 2003: Formatting Lines and Backgrounds

Lesson 7: Formatting Lines and Backgrounds



By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Select a line
  • Format line color, style, and weight
  • Format the publication background color

Formating lines and background colors

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Lines and background colors are a great way to add impact to your document. Lines may be used for visual emphasis, to divide parts of a document, or to suggest things like perforations. A good background color can help your design stand out from the page.

To format a line:

  • Click a line to select it.
  • To change the line color:
    • Click the small triangle next to the line color icon on the formatting toolbar.
    • Select a color from the list, or open the More Colors dialog box.
  • To change the line style:
    • Click the line border style button on the formatting toolbar.
    • Select a line thickness or weight.
    • Select Advanced Options to choose advanced formatting.
format line

To change the background color of a publication:

  • Go to the Main Menu and Select FormatactionBackground.
  • The Background Color options will appear in the task pane.
  • Select the color to apply to your publication.
change background color


If you have not already done so in a previous challenge, download and save the sample flyer publication to complete this challenge.

  • Open the Sample Flyer publication.
  • Format the lines between the phone numbers at the bottom of the page to blue, dashed squares, and 2 1/4 pt thick.
  • Change the background of the flyer to a color of your choice.