DocumentBase.BackgroundShape property

Gets or sets the background shape of the document. Can be null.

public Shape BackgroundShape { get; set; }


Microsoft Word allows only a shape that has its ShapeType property equal to Rectangle to be used as a background shape for a document.

Microsoft Word supports only the fill properties of a background shape. All other properties are ignored.

Setting this property to a non-null value will also set the DisplayBackgroundShape to true.


Shows how to set a background shape for every page of a document.

Document doc = new Document();


// The only shape type that we can use as a background is a rectangle.
Shape shapeRectangle = new Shape(doc, ShapeType.Rectangle);

// There are two ways of using this shape as a page background.
// 1 -  A flat color:
shapeRectangle.FillColor = System.Drawing.Color.LightBlue;
doc.BackgroundShape = shapeRectangle;

doc.Save(ArtifactsDir + "DocumentBase.BackgroundShape.FlatColor.docx");

// 2 -  An image:
shapeRectangle = new Shape(doc, ShapeType.Rectangle);
shapeRectangle.ImageData.SetImage(ImageDir + "Transparent background logo.png");

// Adjust the image's appearance to make it more suitable as a watermark.
shapeRectangle.ImageData.Contrast = 0.2;
shapeRectangle.ImageData.Brightness = 0.7;

doc.BackgroundShape = shapeRectangle;


// Microsoft Word does not support shapes with images as backgrounds,
// but we can still see these backgrounds in other save formats such as .pdf.
doc.Save(ArtifactsDir + "DocumentBase.BackgroundShape.Image.pdf");

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