Insert and Save watermark in Microsoft Word

In this tutorial we see the steps required to Insert, Save watermark in Word 2013, Word 2010 and Word 2007. Word users can insert a watermark in a document using the option available as part of the Page Layout menu.

Insert Custom Watermark in Word 2016, Word 2013 , Word 2010 and Word 2007

Step 1: Click on the Page Layout (Word 2010 and Word 2007) / Design (Word 2016 and Word 2013)  menu then navigate to the Page Background section.

Watermark option under Page Background

Step 2: Click the Watermark drop down under the Page Background section.

Custom Watermark

Step 3: Click the Custom Watermark option to add your own text for the Watermark.

Insert Text Watermark in Word document

Step 4: Now enter your text by selecting Text Watermark radio option and providing the required Text. Click the Apply button to add the Watermark to the document.

Watermark in Word document

Insert Picture Watermark in Word document

Picture Watermark in Printed Watermark window

If you want to insert picture watermark in the document then In the Printed Watermark window, choose Picture watermark radio option and select the logo that needs to be added as watermark. Then select appropriate Scale and Washout option for the Watermark. In this example, I have selected the logo of Digital Answers blog.

Choose picture in Picture Watermark

Step 5: Click Apply to have the preview of the Watermark. And if you are satisfied with the changes then click the OK button.

Save Watermark in Word 2013, Word 2010 and Word 2007

Step 1: Double click the Header section of document and select the Watermark as shown below.

Inserted Watermark

Step 2: Click the Design menu (Word 2013) or Page Layout menu (Word 2010 and Word 2007) and navigate to the Watermark option under Page Background section. Then select Save Selection to Watermark Gallery from the drop down.

Save selection to Watermark Gallery

Step 3: In the Create New Building Block window, enter name for the Watermark and click OK button.

Create New Building Block

Newly saved Watermark should now be available as part of the Gallery.

Saved Watermark


  1. The only way I was able to insert a watermark in Word 2010, so that it showed up on every page of my 85 page document, was to put my cursor on the last page of the document and insert the watermark from there. It finally showed on each page of the document.


  2. I am trying to put the school mascot graphic on a letterhead as a watermark. Have not been successful. Any ideas?



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  4. Jerry Merke Avatar
    Jerry Merke

    pretty cool like this

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  6. Thanks Ravi for the “save to Watermark Gallery” lesson……going to save me heaps of time.

    1. Ravi Shankar Avatar
      Ravi Shankar

      Thanks for your positive feedback.

  7. matthew evans Avatar
    matthew evans

    does any one know, when you have created the watermark, how you take this off the PC, so it can be e-mailed to other users to use

  8. Luana Boutwell Avatar
    Luana Boutwell

    Fantastic piece – I was enlightened by the information ! Does someone know if I could acquire a sample OPM OF 612 version to type on ?

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