The steps in this guide are going to show you how to add a watermark to your document in Microsoft Word 2016.
- Choose the Design tab.
- Click the Watermark button in the Page Background group at the right side of the ribbon.
- Click the watermark option you wish to use.
When you are working in a Microsoft Office product like Microsoft Word, you may find that you need to do a little formatting to get your document to look how you want it to look. This may involve changing things like the page layout or including wordart in the document, but it could also include placing a watermark.
Fortunately Word 2016 has a number of different watermark options that you can choose from. Whether you need a text watermark, a picture watermark, or a custom watermark that your organization requires, like a company logo, you have options for setting that up.
How to Add a Watermark to a Word Document in Microsoft Word 2016
The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application, but will work in most other versions of Microsoft Word as well. Note that adding a watermark in this manner will apply that watermark to each page of your document, for the entire document.
Step 1: Open your document in Word.
Step 2: Click the Design tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Watermark button in the Page Background section of the ribbon.
Step 4: Select the desired watermark option from the drop-down menu.
Aside from the default watermark text options like “Confidential” and “Do Not Copy” that appear at the top, there are some other ones like “ASAP” and “Urgent” available if you scroll down.
Note that the option for the picture watermark or if you want to use custom text can be found by selecting the Custom Watermark option at the bottom of the watermark menu. This is going to open a Printed Watermark dialog box that provides some additional watermark options.
There you can choose the Picture watermark option then click the Select picture button to locate a picture on your computer that you want to set as your document background. You can also elect to turn the washout option on or off, depending on whether you want your watermark image to be washed out.
You will also note the Remove Watermark button below the Custom Watermark button that lets you delete the watermark that you’ve added to your document. Often watermarks, especially picture watermarks, will require a bit of finesse to get them to appear correctly.
If you’ve added your own watermark and need to modify the inserted picture or the custom text watermark option, simply click the Watermark button on the Design tab and choose the Custom Watermark option again. You will be able to modify the watermark settings there.
Find out where your ribbon went in Word 2016 if you don’t see if at the top of the window.