Adding a watermark to your document is a great way to protect your images from being used without your permission. But unfortunately, there is no such inbuilt feature still available in Google Docs to do this. However, there is a way that you can use alternatively. In this guide, there is a simple approach that may help you to add a watermark in Google Docs easily. So, let’s get started.
How to insert a Watermark in Google Docs
Google Docs doesn’t have any core feature to add a watermark to your document. In this case, you will have to create a background image having the watermark text and add a transparent layer over it. Follow the below suggestions to know it in details:
Open a blank document on Google Docs.
Once it opens, go to the toolbar and select the Insert tab.
From the list, select Drawing > New.
On the drawing canvas, you can add a text box and modify it as per the requirements of the watermark.
So, go to the toolbar and click on the Text box icon available in the ‘T’ form. As you hover the mouse on this icon, the name displays out.
Select the Text box icon and you will see the mouse cursor turns into a plus-sign shape.
Move to the empty area of the canvas, click and drag the mouse to create a text box. What should be the size of the text box, it all depends up to you and the requirement of your paper.
After adding the text in your text box, you may adjust it using the Menu option. This option is available in the three-dotted line in the menu bar.
Using the More option, you can set colors of the box’s borders, choose your preferred font, adjust the font-size, fill color, and many other things as per your requirements.
In order to move the text box, simply click on it, hold, and then drag it to the desired location.
To resize the box, you need to click on the little square that appears in the middle of the line and then drag it.
You can also rotate the text box to change the look of the watermark. To do it, all you need to click and drag the rotation handle that is available at the top of the text box. You will see that the written text also gets rotated along with the text box.
Thus, if you have completed the proper changes in your text box, click on the Save and Close button so that the change could bring into effect.
That way, you can see in the above picture what I created. Since it is a watermark, the text must have a super transparent form. That’s why I selected the gray color of the text which has a much lighter tone.
Insert the Watermark text in Google Docs
Furthermore, Google docs allow you to add the drawing text to your all pages in one go, without interrupting the text. To do this, you will have to add your watermark text to either header or footer area.
To do this, go to the Insert tab > Headers & footers.
From the side menu, you can either select the Header option, Footer option, or both as per your need.
Once you are on the respective section of the Google docs document, click on the Insert tab > Drawing > From Drive.
When you are on the next page, select the item which you need to add as the Watermark, and then click on the Select button.
In the Insert drawings pop-up menu, you will see two options with each has its own radio button. If you want to have the link to the watermark text to be saved with your document, then select Link to Source. And, to add the item without a link, go with the second option i.e. Insert unlinked.
Once you create the watermark text, you will see three options when you select the text box. These are – Inline, wrap text, and break text. These options help you to adjust the size of the text box so that you can place them as it requires.
- Inline – Google Docs by default places the text wrapping to this format. It suggests that the added drawing acts as a part of the text and therefore, it cannot be freely placed on the page
- Wrap Text – If you select this option, the text gets enclosed by all four sides of the watermarked object. And, it has a constant gap between the text and every single boundary of the image.
- Break Text – Selecting this option, you will find that the text gets place above and below the object. It breaks up the sentence into which you inserted it.
That’s it. I hope this guide may help you to add a Watermark in your Google Docs document.