How To Add Watermark In Microsoft Word 2010


You can add Watermark to mark your document as private, confidential, or write any text/picture which informs about the usage & credibility of the documents when printed. To apply watermark to your documents follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 program on your computer
Step 2: Click on the page layout ribbon & click on Watermark


Now from Watermark option, select an appropriate watermark to apply it over (for this example I have chosen DO NOT COPY 1)


Here you can see the watermark on the document


Now if you want to show watermark with custom text, from Watermark options, click Custom Watermark


A windows will pop up by the name of Printed Watermark. Select Text Watermark option. You can modify Language, Text, Font, Size, Colour, & Layout. Once you have chosen your desired settings Click on Apply and Close.


Here you can see the Custom watermark on the document.


You can even add a picture as a watermark. To put picture as a watermark choose Customer Watermark.


Same pop windows as before will pop up by the name of Printed Watermark. Choose the option Picture Watermark. Click on the button below which says Select Picture and select the picture you want to show as the watermark in the document.


Here you can see the Custom picture watermark on the document.


You can also remove your applied Watermark just by clicking on Page Layout. Select Watermark and click on Remove Watermark button when the watermark is already present in the document.


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matdeplam said...

Thanks for the article. Do you know how to put a watermark on some selected pages? Is it possible to put different watermarks on different sections of a 2010 doc?

Sohail A said...


Yes, It is possible to put different watermarks on different sections of a 2010 doc.

To add a watermark only to selected pages, you must separate the document into sections. For example, if you want to apply a watermark only to the table of contents in a document, you must create three sections: a cover page section, the table of contents section, and the rest of the document text in its own section.

1. In Draft view, replace the page breaks surrounding the pages to which you want to add watermarks with section breaks.

On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Breaks, and then click Next Page under Section Breaks.

Note When you insert a cover page in a document, it has a separate header so that you don't need to create a separate section for it if you're creating sections to add a watermark only to selected pages.

2. Switch to Print Layout view.

3. Double-click the document header area on the page where you want the watermark to appear. This opens the header.

Microsoft Office Word places watermarks in the header even though they don't appear in the header.

4. Under Header & Footer Tools, on the Design tab, in the Navigation group, click Link to Previous so that the headers are no longer linked.

5. Double-click the document header area on the first page where you don't want the watermark to appear — for example, the first page of document text — and then repeat step 4.

6. Click the page where you want the watermark to appear.

7. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Watermark and select the watermark that you want.

Anonymous said...

how do you washout in various grades like the old Microsoft, Also how do you washout and image that you inserted into a text box and why cant we alter the size of the washout that has been applied to an image to fit. This new one is useless tbh.

Anonymous said...

How do you put a watermark on labels using Microsoft 2010?

Anonymous said...

Thanh you very much for helping me place different watermark on different section :). This is exactly what I'm looking for.

Anonymous said...

Using 2010 and followng the instructions re different WM per section. No joy for me:-( Always appears on all pages.

CHRJ said...

I have followed the instructions exactly and ..watermark still appears on all pages.

Anonymous said...

The watermarks selected from the watermark gallery can be applied to individual pages using section breaks, but custom watermarks cannot; they appear on all pages. Apparently it is a long standing Word bug.

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