Insert a watermark in Word

Watermarks are text or pictures placed behind the text in your document. You can add text watermarks, such as Draft or Confidential, to your document. Word has a gallery of watermarks to choose from, or you can create your own custom watermark, such as a company logo for your document.

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

Add a watermark to your document

Step1

On the Design tab, in the Page Background group, choose Watermark.

Step 2

Choose one of the built-in watermarks in the watermark gallery. Click a diagonal or horizontal version of Confidential, Do Not Copy, Draft, ASAP, Sample, or Urgent.

The Watermark command in Word 2013. On the Design tab, click Watermark.

Word automatically applies the watermark to every page except a designated cover page.

To add a watermark only to certain pages, those pages need to be in a separate section. You can break down a document into parts using section breaks and apply a watermark only to that section.

Unlink the sections, before you apply a watermark so the sections don’t automatically copy each other.

Learn how to insert a section break

  1. Place the cursor on the page (after the section break) where you want the watermark to appear.

  2. On the Design tab, in the Page Backgroundgroup, choose Watermark, and select the watermark you want.

    The Watermark command in Word 2013. On the Design tab, click Watermark.

You might require to add a watermark such as Confidential to a single page in a document. To do so:

  1. Place your cursor on the page that needs the watermark.

  2. On the Design tab, in the Page Backgroundgroup, choose Watermark.

  3. Right-click on any watermark in the watermark gallery and choose, Insert at current document position.

    The chosen watermark is inserted only on a single page

You can turn a picture, clip art, or a photo into a watermark that you can use to brand or decorate a document.

  1. On the Design tab, in the >Page Backgroundgroup, choose Watermark.

  2. Choose Custom Watermark in the drop down.

  3. In the Printed watermark dialog, select the Picture watermark option.

    Picture Watermark

  4. Choose Select Picture. Browse and open an image file from your computer or choose a picture from the internet as your watermark.

  5. Check Washout to have your image appear in the background.

See also

Add a "Draft" watermark to your document

Remove a watermark

What do you want to do?

Add a watermark to your document

Watermarks can be viewed only in Print Layout and Full Screen Reading views and on the printed page.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, choose Watermark.

    Office 14 Ribbon

  2. Choose one of the built-in watermarks from the watermark gallery. Click a diagonal or horizontal version of Confidential, Do Not Copy, Draft, ASAP, Sample, or Urgent.

Word automatically applies the watermark to every page except a designated cover page.

To add a watermark only to certain pages, those pages need to be in a separate section. You can break down a document into parts using section breaks and apply a watermark only to that section.

Learn how to insert a section break

  1. Place the cursor on the page (after the section break) where you want the watermark to appear.

  2. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, choose Watermark.

    Office 14 Ribbon

You might require to add a watermark such as Confidential to a single page in a document. To do so:

  1. Place your cursor on the page that needs the watermark.

  2. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, choose Watermark.

  3. Right-click on any watermark in the watermark gallery and choose, Insert at current document position.

    The chosen watermark is inserted only on a single page

You can turn a picture, clip art, or a photo into a watermark that you can use to brand or decorate a document.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Watermark.

    Office 14 Ribbon

  2. Choose Custom Watermark.

  3. Select Picture watermark, and then choose Select Picture.

  4. Select the picture that you want, and then choose Insert.

  5. Select a percentage under Scale to insert the picture at a particular size

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

    The picture that you selected is applied as a watermark to the entire document.

See also

Add a “Draft” or “Confidential” watermark to your document

Remove a watermark

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