Create your own custom Watermarks in Microsoft Word

Create your own custom Watermarks in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word comes with plenty of predefined text watermarks. Among them are Draft, Confidential, Do Not Copy, Sample, Urgent, and ASAP. When you create a watermark it is in the center of the page by default. You can change the font, size, and color of any watermark. If you don’t care to use any predefined watermarks, you can create your own by click in the Text section of the watermark. When you create a watermark it will appear on every page except a designated title page.

Location of Watermark in Word 2013 and Word 2016

In Word 2013 and 2016, Watermark is located on the Design Tab.

Location of Watermark in Word 2007 and Word 2010

In Word 2007 and Word 2010, you can find Watermark on the Page Layout Tab.

To change the text of a watermark – Word 2016:

  • Click on Design tab.
  • Click Watermark and click custom watermark.
  • Select text watermark.
  • Highlight the default text, and type in your own text. An example would be Employee Handbook.

Watermark in Word

  • Click Apply. Change the color and font and layout if needed, click Apply again.
  • When your watermark looks the way you want, click OK.

YouTube Video on moving your watermark anywhere on the page

The watermark will appear in the center of the page. Below is a video on how to move the watermark.

Chris Menard

Chris is a Microsoft Office Master Instructor. He trains corporate clients in Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. Menard is a speaker for the Georgia Society of CPAs and the University of Georgia. When he's not training, he blogs about technology and creates training videos on YouTube. Currently, there are over 400 technology videos available on his YouTube Channel.