How to Add a Watermark to a Word 2007 Document

Watermarks are easy to add to a Word 2007 document

Where is the Watermark command in Word. Credit: / Getty Images

Watermarks are often used to provide information about a document. For example, they can be used to show that a document is a copy or a working draft. A watermark may also be an image or company logo to spruce up the professional look of a document. A watermark might also be used to identify a document as confidential.

Microsoft Word 2007 offers several predefined watermarks you can add to your documents, or you may add custom watermarks in the form of images or text of your own.

Adding Watermarks to Word Documents

Adding an image watermark is a simple process in Word 2007. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Click Page Layout in the menu ribbon.
  2. In the Page Background section, click Watermark.
  3. Select Custom Watermark from the dropdown list.
  4. Click Picture Watermark.
  5. In the Printed Watermark dialog box, click Select Picture and navigate to your photo file.
  6. Select the photo and click Insert.
  7. Word will automatically scale the image to your document. You may also use the Scale box to adjust the size of the image manually.
  8. To lighten your image, select Washout.
  9. When you’re done making your changes, click Apply and then OK.

You can follow instructions for adding watermarks to Word documents by watching the video Word Tutorial: How to Add Watermarks.

Adding Text to a Word 2007 Watermark

You may also choose to add text as your document's watermark instead of an image. In the Printed Watermark dialog box, select the radio button labeled Text Watermark.

In the available options, select the language, enter the text that will be added, and choose the text's font, size and color from the dropdown menus.

Next to the color selection, there is a checkbox marked "Semitransparent." This option is self explanatory.

You may also choose to have the text appear horizontally or diagonal by selecting the appropriate radio button option.

Changing or Removing a Watermark from a Word 2007 Document

If you want to make changes to the watermark in a document, open the Printed Watermark box again and make your changes.

You can remove a watermark from your document, simply click Remove Watermark at the bottom of the Watermark gallery. 

Resources and Other Versions of Microsoft Word

Here are related resources for watermarking documents, including instructions if you own other versions of Microsoft Word, such as on a Mac: