How to Add a Watermark to Your Word 2010 Document

Ever want to add a text or graphic watermark to your document? It is very easy to do!

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  1. On the Page Layout tab of your Ribbon, in the Page Background group, click Watermark.


  1. Do one of the following:
  • Click a pre-designed watermark, such as CONFIDENTIAL or DO NOT COPY.


  • Click Custom Watermark, which will open the Printed Watermark dialog box.


  1. Select Text watermark.
  2. Key in the text that you would like for your watermark. As you can see, I keyed in DRAFT.
  3. Format your text the way you like, selecting a font, the size (I use Auto).
  4. Select whether you want your watermark to be Diagonal or Horizontal.
  5. Deselect Semitransparent.
  6. Click OK.

To view your watermark to see how it will appear on your page when printed:

  • On the File tab of your Ribbon, select Print.
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