5 easy steps to change the background of an image using MS word 2013

Do you want to change the background of an image using the simplest tool? Here is the article for you. Read the tutorial below an know how to change the background of an image using MS word 2013. You need not to go for a premium photo editor. Just follw these steps and get the background of your mage changed using the MS Office Word 2013.

When it comes to image editing, we often go for high end image editors like Photoshop etc and sometimes even for paid photo editors. But not everyone knows how to use these high end photo editors and using them for quality edits needs real-time training and some tutorials which is not possible for everyone. One of the most important thing in photo editing is changing the background of an image. For that you need not to search the web to get the best possible photo editors. All you need is to have the latest version of Microsoft Office i.e. the Word 2013. This version from Microsoft comes with lots of new stuff including the image background changer. In this article I am going to provide you a simple tutorial to change the image background in just a matter of minutes. Let us start!

5 steps and see your image with the background of your choice

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Office Word 2013 and opt for a blank document. Insert the image of which the background is to be changed from the top panel like in the screenshot below.

step 1 insert a picture in the word 2013

Step 2: After inserting the image of your choice (I am using a sample image in this tutorial of a cartoon), right click on it and go to the text wrapping option at the bottom on the menu displayed. Select the option of 'In front of the text' in the drop-down menu.

step 2 select the proper text wrapping for the image

Step 3: Now double click on the image and on the top. You will see the 'Picture tools' toolbar and the first option you see is 'Remove Background' button like in the below given screenshot.

step 3 click on the remove background option

Step 4: Click on this option and you will see the following options which you can use accordingly during the background clearance. Also, you will notice that the background of the image changes to pink color. Make sure that the pink color is picked up by the whole image background and then click on the 'Keep Changes' option.

step 4 make sure every background element is painted pink

Step 5: You will see that that the image background has changed to white. Now you can insert another image and move the former one onto it. It will cast the background of the latter image like in the below screenshot.

step 5 insert another image of your choice to keep it as the background

Now you can crop the image according to your need. This method is applicable to almost every image but in step 4 you need to be sure that the pink color is retained by the each element of the background. If not, then you can use the 'Mark Areas to remove' option to select the background elements one by one manually.


This was the tutorial about how to change the background of an image using Office 2013 from Microsoft. This tutorial includes 5 easy steps to change the background of an image. Microsoft Office has great image editing tools and hence I recommend to use it for basic editing rather than the high end photo editors which are tough to understand and expensive if paid one is is in options.

Also, if you encounter an error while using the above methods, feel free to contact me via the response box below. I will be very happy to help you find the solution of your problems.

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Author: Timmappa Kamat10 Mar 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

That is really an interesting find! Maybe many computer geeks would be aware of it, but noobs like me had no idea that such an option exists. Thank you for pointing thus out for us. It is indeed a great tool for a simple task of changing the background of an image. Rather than installing and learning a premium image editors, it should be a blessing in disguise for people like me.

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