Microsoft Office – Creating a Watermark in Word

When sharing a Microsoft Word Document with other individuals, you may have the need to notate that the document is a DraftConfidential, or Not To Be Copied. With the use of a Watermark in your Microsoft Word Document, you can select from a variety of predefined watermarks, or you can create your own custom watermark. The watermark will then appear faintly in the background on every page of your document, except for the title page.

Microsoft Office – Word 2013/2016 (Windows)
Creating a Text Watermark:

  • Launch Microsoft Word for Windows
  • Click on the Design tab from the Ribbon menu
  • From the Page Background group, click on the Watermark… button
  • Click on the radio button next to the Text watermark option
  • Click on the drop-down menu next to the default text (CONFIDENTIAL) and select a predefined watermark or delete the text and type in your own custom watermark
    • Continue to customize the format of your watermark by choosing a FontSizeTransparency (darkens or lightens your watermark), Font Color, and Orientation

  • Click on the OK button

Using a Picture/Image Instead of Text:

  • Click on the Design tab from the Ribbon menu
  • From the Page Background group, click on the Watermark… button
  • Click on the radio button next to the Picture watermark option
  • Click on the Select Picture button
  • Navigate to the location of the picture/image you want to use
  • Click on the Insert button
  • Click on the OK button

Removing a Watermark:

  • Click on the Design tab from the Ribbon menu
  • From the Page Background group, click on the Watermark… button
  • Click on the radio button next to the No watermark option
  • Click on the OK button

Microsoft Office – Word 2011/2016 (Mac)
Creating a Text Watermark:

  • Launch Microsoft Word for Mac
  • Click on the Insert menu
  • From the drop-down menu, click on Watermark…
  • Click on the radio button next to the Text option
  • Click on the drop-down menu icon next to the default text (ASAP) and select a predefined watermark or delete the text and type in your own custom watermark
    • Continue to customize the format of your watermark by choosing a FontSizeTransparency (darkens or lightens your watermark), Font Color, and Orientation

  • Click on the OK button

Using a Picture/Image Instead of Text:

  • Click on the Insert menu
  • From the drop-down menu, click on Watermark…
  • Click on the radio button next to the Picture watermark option
  • Click on the Select Picture button
  • Navigate to the location of the picture/image you want to use
  • Click on the Insert button
  • Click on the OK button

Removing a Watermark:

  • Click on the Insert menu
  • From the drop-down menu, click on Watermark…
  • Click on the radio button next to the No watermark option
  • Click on the OK button

Tip: If you would like to use the Bates Wordmark as your picture/image, you may download the Bates Wordmark PNG File to use in your Microsoft Word Documents.

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