Last week I answered a question about how to insert a transparent image in Word.

A couple of sharp readers were quick to point out that I missed a much simpler way to accomplish that task, using the watermark feature in Word. To which I can only respond, “Well, DUH!” I mean, if you want to do things the easy way, I guess you could try that. Thank you all for keeping me on my toes.

Let’s take a look at how to insert a transparent image with watermark. First, open Word and create a new document or open the one you wish to add the image to. Click the Design tab at the top of the page.

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Select Watermark at the top-right.

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Choose Custom Watermark at the very bottom of the menu that opens.

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Choose Picture Watermark and then Select picture.

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Select whether you’d like to work with images on your PC or online images.

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Find the image you wish to use. Click Insert.

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You can adjust the size of the Watermark and whether or not you want it to be washed out. Then select Apply.

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Here’s the result.

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I don’t think this gives you quite as much freedom as the method I described in my earlier article, but if it works with what you want to do, it’s a heck of a lot faster.

I’ll talk more about using watermarks tomorrow.