Add a picture as a background watermark

If you want to insert a picture as a background quickly, add the picture as a custom watermark:

Word document with a picture for background

Here’s how:

  1. Click Design > Watermark.

  2. Click Custom Watermark.

  3. Click Picture watermark > Select Picture.

  4. Browse to (or search for) the picture that you want, and then click Insert.

  5. Select a percentage under Scale to insert the picture at a particular size. Make sure to put in a big enough percentage to fill the page, or just select Auto.

  6. Select the Washout check box to lighten the picture so that it doesn't interfere with text.

  7. Click OK.

This method is fast, but it doesn’t give you many options for formatting the image.

Want more picture formatting options?

The other way to do this is to insert the image as a header. It’s harder to do it this way, but it gives you a lot more options for adjusting the photo.

  1. Click Insert > Header > Edit Header.

  2. Under the Header & Footer Tools tab, click Pictures.

  3. Browse to the picture and click Insert.

  4. Under the Picture Tools tab, click Position and then click the centered option under With Text Wrapping.

  5. Under the same Picture Tools tab, click Wrap Text and then click Behind Text.

  6. Under the same Picture Tools tab, click the options you want in the Adjust group. For example, to give the picture a washed out look so it doesn’t fight with the text, click Color, and under Recolor, click the Washout option.

  7. Under the Header & Footer Tools tab, click Close Header and Footer.

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