How to Add Watermarks To Your Word Documents

Watermarks are text or pictures that appear behind the text. They can identify the document’s status, marking a document as a draft, for example. You can use graphics or text as printed watermarks, which will appear after you print the documents. These are used in order to identify the documents and also you can protect your docs from being used by anyone. To add a watermark to a printed word document using Microsoft Word application,

  • In Office 2003, Go to Format > Background, and click ‘Printed Watermark’.
  • In Office 2007, Go to Page layout > Custom Watermark

Then do either of the following:

add watermark to your word documents

To insert a picture as a watermark, click ‘Picture watermark’, and then click ‘Select Picture’. Select the picture you want, and then click ‘Insert’.

To insert a text watermark, click ‘Text watermark’, and then select or enter the text you want and adjust the settings like font and orientation etc.

  • Now select any additional options you want, and then click ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’.
  • To view the watermark as it will appear on the printed page, click go to View > Print Layout.


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