Add a DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL watermark to your Word document

Applies to
Microsoft Word 2002

There are times when you want text to appear faintly behind the content of your Word document. For example, maybe you want the word "CONFIDENTIAL" printed faintly behind the text in a contract, or the word "DRAFT" printed at a 45 degree angle behind the text in a draft copy of a letter. In Word, this is called a watermark, and it's something that you can add to your document quickly and easily using the Printed Watermark dialog box in Word.

Documents with DRAFT and CONFIDENTIAL watermarks

Let the Printed Watermark dialog box do the work for you

You can add a text watermark to a document at any time, whether it is a new document, a finished document, or a work in progress. You can choose the text, font, size, color, and positioning you want, and you can even preview the watermark in your document while the dialog box is still open. The Printed Watermark dialog box also makes it easy to change any of the options after printing or saving your document if you decide you want something else later.

Watermark Text dialog box

 Note   To add a watermark, you must be using a view other than Web Layout view.

To add a text watermark to your document

  1. On the Format menu, point to Background and then click Printed Watermark.
  2. Click Text watermark, and then select or enter the text that you want.
  3. Select any additional options that you want, click Apply, and then click Close.
  4. To view a watermark as it will appear on the printed page, on the View menu, click Print Layout.

 Tip   If you want to use an object, such as an AutoShape, as a watermark, you must paste or insert it into the document header. You cannot use the Printed Watermark dialog box to control these settings.

To remove a text watermark from your document

  1. On the Format menu, point to Background and then click Printed Watermark.
  2. Click No watermark, and then click OK.