Insert a Watermark in Word 2016 for Windows

Watermarks are text or images that are placed behind the content of a document. They can mark the document’s status (Draft, Confidential, etc...), brand it with a logo, or add an attractive background.

Watermarks and backgrounds

Tip: If your document already has a watermark and you want to remove it, you can.

Add a watermark

  1. Click Design > Watermark.

    The Watermark icon is highlighted on the Design tab

  2. Apply one of the built-in watermarks in the watermark gallery, search for one online, or click Custom Watermark to create your own from text or a picture. Here’s how:

    • In the Watermark gallery, click a diagonal or horizontal version of Confidential, Do Not Copy, Draft, ASAP, Sample, or Urgent.

    • Click Custom Watermark > Picture watermark and browse to an image. It automatically lightens so as not to interfere with the document text unless you uncheck the Washout box.

    • Click Custom Watermark > Text watermark and either type your own watermark text or select one, like DRAFT, from the list. Then, customize the watermark by setting the font, layout, size, colors, orientation, and transparency.

    Word automatically applies the watermark to every page except a designated cover page. If you don’t see the watermark, click View > Print Layout. This also shows how the printed watermark will look.

More about watermarks

Add a "Draft" watermark to your document

Add a picture as a background watermark

Remove a watermark

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