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Word – “Confidential”, “Draft”, “Sample” document

PROBLEM: making it very obvious to the reader that the document has a special condition or status.

SOLUTION: this week we are looking at how to add watermarks to a
Word document.

Word 2010, 2013 & 2016 – Insert a Watermark into a document

Word watermarks appear as “ghosted” text behind the actual document text.  Use watermarks to brand a document as “Confidential”, “Draft”, “Sample” or if you like you can even create a custom watermark.

To insert a Watermark:

  1. Click the Page Layout tab.
  2. Word 2010: From the Page Background group click the Watermark drop-down arrow.
    Word 2013: From the Design group click the Watermark drop-down arrow
  3. Select a suitable Watermark from the list, or click Custom and create a Watermark more suitable to your needs.
  4. To remove a Watermark on the Page Layout tab click the Watermark drop-down arrow and then select Remove Watermark.

Note: Be aware that Watermarks are in fact WordArt objects inserted into the Header of the document.   This may cause problems if you already have existing header text or illustrations in the Header so be sure to save your work before you attempt to insert a Watermark.  Fortunately Undo will undo inserting a Watermark.

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