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Microsoft Word 2004

Adding Watermarks

A watermark is an image or text that appears behind the main text of a document. It is usually a lighter shade than the text so you can read the document easily. Text Watermarks are often used to categorize or to show the purpose of a document with words such as ASAP. Picture Watermarks add visual attention and attractiveness to a document with the use of significant imagery such as logos.

return to topAdding Watermarks

You can insert Clip Art, pictures, or text as watermarks in your print documents. For example, you might want the word Confidential to appear on all the pages of your document to remind readers the material is not to be read by everyone.

Adding Watermarks: Picture Watermarks

  1. Open the document you want to add the watermark to
    NOTE: To see the watermark, the document must be in Page Layout view.

  2. From the View menu, select Header and Footer
    The Header and Footer toolbar appears.

  3. Click SHOW/HIDE DOCUMENT TEXTShow/Hide Document Text button

  4. To insert Clip Art, from the Insert menu, select Picture » Clip Art...
    To insert a picture, from the Insert menu, select Picture » From File...
    NOTE: Although the Clip Art or picture appears in the Header, by changing the wrapping style, you can move it to the desired location in the document.

  5. On the Header and Footer toolbar, click CLOSE
    The Clip Art or picture becomes semi-transparent.

Adding Watermarks: Text Watermarks

  1. Open the document you want to add the watermark to
    NOTE: To see the watermark, the document must be in Page Layout view.

  2. From the View menu, select Header and Footer
    The Header and Footer toolbar appears.

  3. Click SHOW/HIDE DOCUMENT TEXTShow/Hide Document Text button

  4. From the Drawing toolbar, click TEXT BOXText Box button
    The Text Box toolbar appears.
    NOTE: If the Drawing toolbar does not appear, from the View menu, select Toolbars » Drawing

  5. Move your insertion point to the area in which you would like to place the text box

  6. Click and hold the mouse button

  7. Drag the mouse until the text box reaches the desired size

  8. Release the mouse button
    The text box is created.

  9. Type the text

  10. To format the text, from the Formatting Palette, select the desired formatting options
    NOTE: For more information about formatting text, refer to The Formatting Palette.

  11. On the Header and Footer toolbar, click CLOSE
    The text becomes semi-transparent.

return to topRemoving Watermarks

  1. Open the document you want to remove the watermark from

  2. From the View menu, select Header and Footer
    The Header and Footer toolbar appears.

  3. Select the Watermark by clicking it once

  4. Press [delete]
    The watermark is removed.

  5. On the Header and Footer toolbar, click CLOSE

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