Add a Watermark in Word

Ever wonders how to add a watermark in Word? Here is how.


Insert a watermark

When finer papers are held up to the light, they show a watermark — an image embedded into the paper. Word 2013 lets you fake a watermark by inserting faint text or graphics behind every page in your document.

  • Click the Design tab.
  • In the Page Background group, click the Watermark button. A menu plops down with a host of predefined watermarks that you can safely duck behind the text on your document’s pages.
  • Choose a watermark from the list (the watermark is applied to every page in your document).

You can customize the watermark by choosing the Custom Watermark command from the Watermark menu. Use the Printed Watermark dialogue box to create your own watermark text, or you can import a picture, such as your company logo.

Insert a watermark on selected pages

To add a watermark only to certain pages, those pages need to be in a separate section.

  • Place your cursor on the last page before the section you want to watermark and insert a section break
  • Click Page Layout, Breaks, and under Section Breaks, click Next Page.
  • Place your cursor on the last page of the section you want to watermark and insert another section break, in Page Layout, Breaks and click Next Page.
  • On the first page where you want the watermark to appear, double-click the header area to open the header. This opens the Header & Footer Tools, Design tab.
  • Under Header & Footer Tools, Design, in the Navigation group, click Link to Previous to unlink this section header from the previous section header.
  • Click the page where you want the watermark to appear.
  • Click Design, in the Page Background group, click the Watermark button and select the watermark you want from the list.

Note: A cover page has a separate header so you don’t need to create a separate section for it.

Change a watermark

  • Click Design, in the Page Background group, click the Watermark button.
  • Choose a different pre-designed watermark, such as Confidential or Urgent, from the gallery of watermarks.
    • To change pictures, click Custom Watermark, and then click Select Picture.
    • To change picture settings, click Custom Watermark, and then select the options you want under Picture Watermark.
    • To change text, click Custom Watermark, and then select a different built-in phrase or type in your own phrase.
    • To change text settings, click Custom Watermark, and then select the options you want under Text Watermark.

Note: If the watermark doesn’t show up in the printed document, you may need to enable the Print Background Colours and Images setting.

Remove a watermark

To remove the watermark, click on the Watermark command again and select Remove Watermark.

Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.

Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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