Insert a watermark in Word 2016 for Mac

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.

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

Add a text watermark

  1. Click Design > Watermark.

    The Watermark option is highlighted on the Design tab.

  2. In the Insert Watermark box, select Text 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, and orientation.

    The Insert Watermark dialog box with a highlight around the Text options

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

  3. Click OK

Add a picture watermark

Adding a picture watermark is a great way to brand your document with a logo or add an attractive background.

  1. Click Design > Watermark.

    The Watermark option is highlighted on the Design tab.

  2. In the Insert Watermark box, select Picture > Select Picture, and then browse to the picture you want to use as a watermark.

  3. Next to Scale, make sure Auto is selected and Washout is checked, then click OK

    Insert Watermark dialog box with a callout around the Picture options .

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