Users working on small-screen devices like tablets and smartphones find it challenging to find the fields in documents. For this reason, Microsoft Office Word offers a field shading feature that helps users quickly find fields in their files. Select a field or move the insertion point into a field; the Word application highlights the entire field or result.
This proves to be a boon for some, while it appears as a bane for some. If you find this feature a distraction and want to disable it, here’s a tutorial to make your work easier.
How to Remove Field Shading in Word
A Field is shaded when selected, or you place the insertion point within the field. If you select an entire field, it appears both shaded and highlighted.
- To begin, open the Microsoft Word application.
- From the upper-left corner of the screen, select the File tab.
- When presented with the background screen, look for the Options by scrolling down a bit.
- When found, click the option to open the Word Options dialog box displayed.
- When the Word Options dialog box appears, click the Advanced button.
- Next, scroll down to the Show document content section and locate the Field shading option. After that, click on the dropdown arrow of the option and select Never.
- The action ensures that the user does not wish to see the shaded fields when confirmed. If you want to undo the changes made and enable this feature again, switch to Always.
- The default option you notice is When selected, which means that a field appears shaded when you place the cursor anywhere in that field.
Also note that when you choose the When selected Field shading option, each field displays a gray background when you click within that field.
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How to add or remove shading in a table?
To change the color of a cell, go to the Table Tools Design tab (or the Table Tools Layout tab in OneNote) and click on the Shading menu. You can use either the theme or standard colors to match the document’s coloring scheme.
How to change the default theme in Word and Excel?
You can use the Page Layout tab in Microsoft Excel or Design Tab in Microsoft Word. Click on the Colors dropdown, and then you can select one from the predefined themes or color sets. You can also create your color theme using the same section.