How to add Custom Text or Image Watermark to Word 2013 Documents

Most of the changes in the Microsoft’s new word processing program, Word 2013 won’t be visible to you until you test them. That’s because initial impression of Word 2013 does not appear to be all that different from Word 2010. It’s the layout that has been made cleaner and the sharing that has been made possible with Microsoft’s own cloud storage service, SkyDrive. Also some improvements have been made to make creating, editing, reading, and sharing documents a smooth experience.

We know how to add a watermark in Word 2010 but the starting point of the same procedure has been changed a bit in Word 2013. So, let us cover in detail, this topic.

Add watermark in Word 2013

Like I said, the procedure more or less remains the same but the starting point has been changed. Instead with Page Layout option you now need to start with Design for adding a pre-designed watermark from a gallery of watermark text. See the screen shot below.

Under the gallery, you will find some default watermarks with formats like CONFIDENTIAL, DO NOT COPY, etc. Choose the one that you would like to use for your document.

If you want, you can insert a watermark with custom text also. To do this, click on Watermark menu and choose the option ‘Custom Watermark’.

Instantly, a screen will pop-up prompting you to select either a picture watermark or a text watermark. Here, I chose text watermark.

When chosen, select the language and text you would like to add as a watermark. By default, the text that is provided is ASAP but you can change it anyway. Then, change the font, size, color and the layout if required and hit ‘Apply’ button.

To add a picture watermark, just check the Picture watermark option and press the select a picture button.

Next, simply use the Clip Art from Office.com, search Bing for images or browse the location of the picture on your computer you want.

When found, click ‘Apply’.

That’s it!

Check the background of the document in the above picture.

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