How to Mark Copy as Draft with a Watermark in Microsoft Word

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Sharing Microsoft Word documents is an ideal way to get input on your work and include others' ideas while still generating the final copy. To let participants know the file they're working on is still in progress, apply a draft watermark. Watermarks are a large word or phrase placed behind text – without interfering with readability – on the Word document page. Instead of adding "Draft" to the document header, where it may not be seen, use Word's watermark tool to put the watermark front and center, but still in the background.

Step 1

Open Word. Click the "File" tab. Select the "Open" option. Navigate to the copy to watermark and double-click the file name. The copy opens in a new Word window.

Step 2

Click the "Page Layout" tab.

Step 3

Click the small drop-down arrow on the "Watermark" button in the middle of the ribbon. Click one of the two "Draft" options under the "Disclaimer" section – one is on an angle, one is horizontal. The watermark is automatically applied to all pages in the document.