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(Archives) Microsoft Word 2007: Adding and Removing Watermarks

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This article is based on legacy software.

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.

Adding 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 Text Watermarks: Predefined Text

  1. Open the desired document

  2. From the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click WATERMARK watermark button
    The Watermark sub-menu appears.

  3. From the Watermark sub-menu, select one of the provided watermark options

Adding Text Watermarks: Custom Text

  1. Open the desired document

  2. From the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click WATERMARK watermark button
    The Watermark sub-menu appears.

  3. From the Watermark sub-menu, select Custom Watermark...
    The Printed Watermark dialog box appears.
    printed watermark dialog box

  4. Select Text watermark

  5. In the Language pull-down list, select the desired language

  6. In the Text text box, type the desired watermark text

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

  8. To make the text of the watermark semitransparent, select Semitransparent

    NOTE: Selecting the Semitransparent option makes text overlapping the watermark more readable.

  9. For Layout, select Diagonal or Horizontal

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

Adding Picture Watermarks

  1. Open the desired document

  2. From the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click WATERMARK watermark button
    The Watermark sub-menu appears.

  3. From the Watermark sub-menu, select Custom Watermark...
    The Printed Watermark dialog box appears.
    printed watermark dialog box

  4. Select Picture watermark

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

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

  7. Click INSERT

  8. To change the size of the image, from the Scale pull-down list, select the desired size (percentage)
    HINT: Selecting Auto ensures that the entire watermark image will fit into your document.

  9. To make the image less vivid, select Washout

    NOTE: Selecting the Washout option makes text overlapping the watermark more readable.

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

Removing Watermarks

Removing Watermarks: Ribbon Option

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

  2. From the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click WATERMARK watermark button
    The Watermark sub-menu appears.

  3. From the Watermark sub-menu, select Remove Watermark
    The watermark is removed.

Removing Watermarks: Dialog Box Option

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

  2. From the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click WATERMARK watermark button
    The Watermark sub-menu appears.

  3. From the Watermark sub-menu, select Custom Watermark...
    The Printed Watermark dialog box appears.
    printed watermark dialog box

  4. Select No watermark

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

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