Hi! It’s Friday and I know it’s supposed to be shortcut day…since I gave you some browser shortcuts earlier this week, I thought I’d show you how to do a watermark in Word today.

A watermark is the semi-transparent word or picture you see in the background on some documents. I often see a ‘Draft’ watermark on contracts, put there so incomplete versions are not confused with the final one.

Adding a watermark is easy. Here’s what you do:

Have the document for the watermark opened on your computer. In Word 2003, click ‘Format’, then ‘Background’ and select ‘Printed Watermark’. You’ll see this:

For a text watermark, you can use the pulldown to select from one of the presets included with Word or simply type what you want in the Text field. The other options are self-explanatory.

You can also put a picture or logo in the background. The option to put a picture is above the text area.

When you’re done, click OK (or apply and then OK) and check out your work.

In Word 2007,

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Watermark.
  2. Do one of the following: Click a predesigned watermark, such as Confidential or Urgent, in the gallery of watermarks. Click Custom Watermark, click Text watermark and then select or type the text that you want. You can also format the text.
  3. To view a watermark as it will appear on the printed page, use Print Layout view.

There are a lot of options for watermarks such as size, position, color, etc. For Word 2003, you can look at Microsoft’s Support Article here. For Word 2007, you can look at Microsoft’s Article here.

So now you know how to add a watermark to your Word document. Congratulations!

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