A watermark can be a useful feature to add to protect your documents. As a writer, I always add a watermark to works I need to share with other before publication as a protection against the items being pirated, but there are many uses for a watermark ranging from security to simply decorative. Here’s how to add one in Word.

Open Word and either create a new document or open an existing one. Click the Design tab at the top.

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Then select Watermark.

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A menu will open with several text options: Confidential, Do Not Copy, Draft, & Sample shown either diagonally or horizontally.

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I’m going to click on the first one. Here’s what it looks like on the blank page.

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Here’s what it looks like with text over it.

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If you’d like to use different text than what’s offered, click on Custom Watermark at the bottom.

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Select Text Watermark and then type in the text you want to add.

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You can also adjust the font, the size of the font and the color. Plus select a diagonal or horizontal layout. Click Apply when you’re satisfied with the look.

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Here’s my customized watermark.

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Remove the watermark by clicking Remove Watermark at the bottom of your watermark menu.

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You can also find additional watermarks at Office.com or add your own images. Click here to learn how to add images.