Add a watermark in Excel

Microsoft Excel doesn’t come with a built-in watermark button. But you can use an image, like a logo, to create a watermark.

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Create a watermark

  1. Select Insert > Header & Footer.

  2. Tap on the header and on the Header & Footer tab on the ribbon, click Picture.

  3. Select one of the available options to insert your image.  In the header, you’ll see & [Picture].

  4. Tap anywhere outside the header to see the watermark.

Format the watermark picture

  1. Click the header in the spreadsheet.

  2. On the Header & Footer tab, click Format Picture.

  3. In the Format Picture dialog box, select Picture tab > Color > select an option.

Create a watermark

  1. Select Insert > Header & Footer.

  2. Tap on the header and on the Design tab on the ribbon, click Picture.

  3. Select one of the available options to insert your image.  In the header, you’ll see & [Picture].

  4. Tap anywhere outside the header to see the watermark.

Format the watermark picture

  1. Click the header in the spreadsheet.

  2. On the Design tab, click Format Picture.

  3. In the Format Picture dialog box, select Picture tab > Color > select an option.

This feature is not available in Excel Online.

If you have the Excel desktop application, you can use the Open in Excel button to open the workbook and add a watermark.

Need more help?

You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community, get support in the Answers community, or suggest a new feature or improvement on Excel User Voice.

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