In addition to templates, Word 2003 provides several dozen themes: sets of styles that you can copy into your current document, immediately giving it a different appearance. Themes are helpful for communicating the tone of your document. Although they're designed primarily for Web and intranet pages (or for Word documents viewed electronically), they can also be used for printed documents if you want.
Backgrounds in themed documents don't print. Some themes use white text against a darker background; when these print, the white text will be invisible with the background absent.
Word themes are purely concerned with the visual appearance of your document. In contrast to templates, themes ...