How to Create a Watermark in Microsoft Word

By Diana Braun

Microsoft Word is an industry standard word processing document. Word 2007 is the latest version of the software and allows users to insert or create a custom watermark on documents. A watermark is a faint image or text that sits appears as the background of the document. Watermarks may be used to add a light image to the document background or to alert readers that the documents are copyrighted, urgent or confidential. When the document is printed, the watermark is seen.

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Word. Click the "Start" button from the lower-left of the desktop. Click "All Programs" and then click "Microsoft Word."

Step 2

Click "Windows" icon from the top menu and then click "Open." Click the document of your choice to select it and then click "Open."

Step 3

Click the "Page Layout" tab from the top of Word. Click "Page Background" from the drop-down menu and then click "Watermark."

Step 4

Click the watermark of choice. You can use a pre-designed watermark from the gallery such as "Urgent." You can also create your own watermark by clicking "Custom Watermark." Click "Text Watermark" and then enter the text you wish to appear as the watermark. Click "OK" to set the watermark.

Step 5

Click the "Windows" icon from the top menu, then click "Print" and then "Print Preview" to see what the watermark will look like once printed.