If you've paid for something with cash and watched the cashier hold your money up to a light source, you've seen a watermark in action. Watermarks are faint designs or text added to paper as a layer of security against piracy. Watermarks also appear in electronic documents to protect against downloading and copying. Because watermarks are often splashed across a page, they can be distracting or can cover up important text elements. Unclutter your Microsoft Word document by removing its watermark with just a couple of clicks.
Open Microsoft Word and click the "File" tab. Click "Open" and navigate to the Word document with the watermark to remove. Double-click the file, which opens in a new window.
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Click the "Page Layout" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Watermark" button in the middle of the ribbon/toolbar under the tab.
Click the "Remove Watermark" option and the watermark is removed from the document.
Save the document by clicking "File" and "Save As". Type a new name for the file so as not to overwrite the original, watermarked version.