Add or change a watermark in Microsoft Word

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  1. Word allows you to insert watermarks to display above text
  2. How to make a text watermark
  3. Watermarking an image
  4. Change the position of the watermark image

Word allows you to insert watermarks to display above text

You have several options for inserting watermarks into Microsoft Word documents. You can control the size, transparency, color, and angle of text watermarks, but you don’t have much control over image watermarks.

Watermarks work in Word 2016 through Word 2003, and the process for inserting or editing a text watermark or an image watermark is nearly identical in each version.

How to make a text watermark

Microsoft Word comes with several default text watermarks for you to choose from. To use one or create your own watermark, toggle Text watermark at institutions.

  1. Open watermark settings.

    • For Word 2016 or 2013, go to Design > Watermark > Custom Watermark in the menu at the top of the program.

    • In Word 2010 or 2007, go to page layout > Watermark > Custom Watermark .

    • For Word 2003, go to: Format > Background > Printed watermark .

  2. Select the bubble next to Text watermark .

  3. Enter watermark text next to Text .

    Advice . This window can also be used to adjust the font, size, color, and layout of the watermark. By default, Word makes the watermark semi-transparent, but you can disable this (to make the watermark more visible) by selecting the check box next to transparent .

  4. Click Okay .

  5. Instead, you can click Apply to leave the watermark settings open to see how the watermark changes depending on different settings.

Watermarking an image

If you want to use a ghost image in the background of your document, you can add the image as a watermark by checking the option Watermark drawing .

  1. Open watermark settings.

    • In Word 2016 or 2013, go to Design > Watermark > Custom Watermark .

    • In Word 2010 or 2007, go to page layout > Watermark > Custom Watermark .

    • For Word 2003, go to: Format > Background > Printed watermark .

  2. Choose an option Watermark Image .

  3. Click Choose photo .

  4. Insert the image you want to use as the watermark.

    In some versions of Word, you can upload a watermarked image not only from your computer, but also from Bing or your OneDrive account.

  5. Click Okay .

You can change the setting before saving the image watermark Dish to enlarge the image and disable the function to blush to decrease the transparency (to see more of the image).

Change the position of the watermark image

Word doesn’t provide a way to control the position of a watermark on an image or fine-tune the transparency of a watermark, but you do have a few options if you want to get the job done in an image-editing program.

For example, while you can turn off wash out in the settings as described above, the transparency is preconfigured for you. The image may be too revealing or not revealing enough.

The only way to change the transparency of a watermark image in Word is to first change the transparency of the image using Photoshop or another image editor. For example, if you make an image 50% transparent to begin with, it will be half the size of when you insert a watermark into Word.

Likewise, if you want the watermark image to be at the top left or center, but a few paragraphs down where Word places it by default, you can’t just click and drag the watermark to adjust it. You need to open the image in a graphics editor and add a blank space elsewhere on the canvas so that the image ends up where you want it to be used in Word.

To look at this differently, remember that your image at this point is likely to be a large square or rectangle that will be exactly centered when pasted into Word. However, if you load the image into Photoshop, enlarge the canvas to the size of a regular sheet of paper, drag the watermark where you want it, and save it as PNG or JPG.

The downside to this method is that it can take a long time to perfect, and it takes a lot of trial and error to position the watermark exactly the way you want it. However, if you plan to use the watermark as part of the template, this process may be worth it.

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