Any way to view text background as grey instead of white?


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Zack

Hi all -

Is there any way in Word 2004 to view the background against which text
is typed as a light shade of grey instead of white? Note that this is
just for viewing on my computer monitor while typing; I will print out
the actual document as standard black on white text.

I've tried playing with the 'Background' command in the 'Format' window
and this gives me the effect I want, but apparently this feature
functions only in 'online view' which I don't want to work in! (I'm
just writing simpe text documents.)

The reason for doing this, incidentally, is that my wife is trying to
reduce the eyestrain which she gets from her Apple LCD monitor, which
she finds too bright even with 'Brightness' reduced to its lowest
setting.
 
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Paul Berkowitz

Hi all -

Is there any way in Word 2004 to view the background against which text
is typed as a light shade of grey instead of white? Note that this is
just for viewing on my computer monitor while typing; I will print out
the actual document as standard black on white text.

I've tried playing with the 'Background' command in the 'Format' window
and this gives me the effect I want, but apparently this feature
functions only in 'online view' which I don't want to work in! (I'm
just writing simpe text documents.)

The reason for doing this, incidentally, is that my wife is trying to
reduce the eyestrain which she gets from her Apple LCD monitor, which
she finds too bright even with 'Brightness' reduced to its lowest
setting.

Go into Systems Preferences/Displays. Aside from the Brightness scale there,
select Display, and Apple Cinema DH Display Calibrate (that's in Tiger,
probably Panther too, and a Cinema Display, or any option offering to
Calibrate with other hard and- software) and click Calibrate. When you get
to the Target White Point dialog try 9300 - cool blueish white.

It's easy to switch back and forth from that Calibrated Profile to the
standard Display Profile depending who's on the computer.

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Zack

Paul said:
Go into Systems Preferences/Displays. Aside from the Brightness scale there,
select Display, and Apple Cinema DH Display Calibrate (that's in Tiger,
probably Panther too, and a Cinema Display, or any option offering to
Calibrate with other hard and- software) and click Calibrate. When you get
to the Target White Point dialog try 9300 - cool blueish white.

It's easy to switch back and forth from that Calibrated Profile to the
standard Display Profile depending who's on the computer.

Thanks for the tip! I should have thought of this. Choosing the
9300°K profile helped, as you suggested.

However, I'd still like to find out if there is anyway of playing with
the background color in normal Word documents.

Thanks, Zack
 
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CyberTaz

Hi Zack -

Short of some serious VBA, no. There are no settings in Word to do so (other
than the White Text/Blue Background preference setting). Most work-arounds
involve grapics of some type which would also be a concern with printing.
There may be some third-party add-ins available if you try Google.

Regards |:>)
 

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