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Microsoft Word 2008

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 Confidential. Another watermark option, Picture Watermarks, can be used to make documents more aesthetically pleasing.

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 Print Layout view.

  2. If the view is not in the Print Layout view, from the View menu, select Print Layout

  3. From the Insert menu, select Watermark...
    The Insert Watermark dialog box appears.
    Insert Watermark dialog box

  4. Select Picture

  5. Click SELECT PICTURE...
    The Choose a Picture dialog box appears.

  6. Navigate to and select the desired picture

  7. Click INSERT
    You will be returned to the Insert Watermark dialog box.

  8. OPTIONAL: Select Washout
    NOTES:

    This option lightens the color of the watermark so it does not interfere with the text of the document.
    The option is selected when a checkmark appears.

  9. OPTIONAL: To change the Scale of the watermark, use the nudge buttons
    NOTE:
    The changes made will be seen in the document preview.

  10. Click OK
    The watermark is applied to the document.
    NOTE:
    You can move the watermark to the desired location in the document by changing the wrapping style.

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 Print Layout view.

  2. If the view is not in the Print Layout view, from the View menu, select Print Layout

  3. From the Insert menu, select Watermark...
    The Insert Watermark dialog box appears.
    Insert Watermark dialog box

  4. Select Text

  5. To use a predefined text watermark, use the pull down list and select the desired text
    To create a custom text watermark, type the desired text in the text box

  6. OPTIONAL: Make the desired format changes (e.g., font size)

  7. Click OK
    The watermark is applied to the document.
    NOTE: You can move the watermark to the desired location in the document by changing the wrapping style.

return to topRemoving Watermarks

  1. Open the document you want to remove the watermark from
    NOTE: To see the watermark, the document must be in Print Layout view.

  2. If the view is not in the Print Layout view, from the View menu, select Print Layout

  3. From the Insert menu, select Watermark...
    The Insert Watermark dialog box appears.

  4. Select No Watermark

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

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