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Microsoft Word 2003

Adding Watermarks

A watermark is an image or text that appears behind the main text of the 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 DRAFT. Picture Watermarks add visual attention and a professional look with the use of 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 pages of your document to remind readers that the material is not to be read by everyone.

Adding Watermarks: Picture Watermarks

  1. Open the desired document
    NOTE: To view the watermark, the document must be in Print Layout view.

  2. From the Format menu, select Background » Printed Watermark...
    The Printed Watermark dialog box appears.
    Printed Watermark dialog box

  3. Select Picture watermark

  4. Click SELECT PICTURE...
    The Insert Picture dialog box appears.

  5. Using the Look in pull-down list, locate and select the desired image file

  6. Click INSERT

  7. To change the size of the image, from the Scale pull-down list, select the desired size (percentage)

  8. To make the image less vivid, select Washout
    NOTE: Selecting the Washout option makes text overlapping the watermark more readable.

  9. Click OK
    The watermark appears on all pages of your document.

Adding Watermarks: Text Watermarks

  1. Open the desired document

  2. From the Format menu, select Background » Printed Watermark...
    The Printed Watermark dialog box appears.

  3. Select Text watermark

  4. In the Text text box, type the desired watermark text
    OR
    From the Text pull-down list, select the desired watermark text

  5. From the Font, Size, and Color pull-down lists, make the appropriate selections

  6. To make the text of the watermark semitransparent, select Semitransparent
    NOTE: Selecting the Semitransparent option makes text overlapping the watermark more readable.

  7. For Layout, select Diagonal or Horizontal

  8. Click OK
    The watermark appears on all pages of your document.

return to topRemoving Watermarks

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

  2. From the Format menu, select Background » Printed Watermark...
    The Printed Watermark dialog box appears.

  3. Select No watermark

  4. Click OK
    The watermark is removed from the document.

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