Watermarks

Learning Objectives

  • Insert a watermark.

A watermark is an identifying image, shape, or piece of text that overlays the document. Watermarks are usually very light so that they don’t interfere with reading the text.

You can add a watermark to to documents in Word by going to Design>Watermark. (In older versions of Word, it is often found in the Page Layout tab rather than the Design tab.)

A Microsoft Word document is open with text on the page. The design tab has been selected from the ribbon menu. A green arrow is pointing towards the "Watermark" which has led to a new dropdown menu where the option to make the document confidential is found.

Choosing a watermark from the menu will apply it to every page in the document.

To change the text of the watermark, click Custom Watermark… at the bottom of the Watermark menu to open the Printed Watermark dialog box.

A Printed Watermark dialog box is open. The text watermark button has been selected.

Here, you can customize the text and appearance of the watermark. Unchecking the semitransparent box will make the watermark more visible (although the watermark will still not obscure the text).

Practice Question

Picture Watermark

To add an image as a watermark, go to Design>Watermark>Custom watermark… and select the Picture watermark in the Printed Watermark dialog box.

A Printed Watermark dialog box is open. The picture watermark button has been selected.

Click Select Picture… and then Browse to choose an image on your computer. Uncheck the Washout box if you want a darker, more visible watermark. Then click OK in the Printed Watermark dialog box.

A Microsoft Word document is open with text on the page. In the background of the document the option to leave a watermark has been placed.

Check Your Understanding

Answer the question(s) below to see how well you understand the topics covered in the previous section. This short quiz does not count toward your grade in the class, and you can retake it an unlimited number of times.

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