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Insert tables, pictures & watermarks
Insert tables, pictures & watermarks

Insert a watermark

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  1. On the Design tab, select Watermark.

  2. Choose a pre-configured watermark, like DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL.

  1. On the Design tab, select Watermark.

    The Watermark option is highlighted on the Design tab.

  2. In the Insert Watermark dialog, select Text and either type your own watermark text or select one, like DRAFT, from the list. Then, customize the watermark by setting the font, layout, size, colors, and orientation.

    The Insert Watermark dialog box with a highlight around the Text options

    If you don’t see the watermark, click View > Print Layout. This also shows how the printed watermark will look.

  3. Select OK.

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  1. On the Page Layout tab, select Watermark.

  2. Choose a pre-configured watermark, like DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL.

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  1. On the Layout tab, under Page Background, select Watermark.

    Layout tab, Page Background group

  2. Choose Text.

  3. Type or edit your text for the watermark, or select a text watermark from the drop down menu, and then select the text formatting that you want.

    Tips: 

    • If the text watermark makes it difficult to read the text on the page, increase the transparency of the watermark text, or select a lighter color for the watermark text.

    • You can use the Size drop down menu to change the size of the watermark text.

In Word for the web, you can see watermarks that are already in a document, but you can’t change them or insert new ones.

If you have the Word desktop application, use the Open in Word command to open the document and insert or change a watermark there. When you’re done and you save the document, it will continue to be stored where you opened it in Word for the web. When you reopen it, you’ll see the watermarks in the doc.

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