Tame your computer – make your mark

24 Aug

The other day I had to send a confidential document to a client and suddenly knew what today’s tip would be: how to add (and remove) a watermark. (That’s what these things are called.)

Watermarks are text (or pictures, but that’s not what this tip is about) that appear behind the text in your document to identify the status of a document. You can quickly add ready-made text, such as Confidential, Draft, Urgent, Sample, Do not copy or ASAP.

Here’s how:

1. With the document displayed, click on the Watermark button in the Page background group on the Page Layout tab.
2. In the gallery that appears, click on a watermark to insert it behind the content on the page OR click on Custom Watermark at the bottom of the gallery and specify the text that is to appear.
3. Optionally, reset any other options, such as the font, font size, font colour and layout.
3. Click on the OK button.

Don’t forget to remove the “draft” status once it’s no longer a draft. Simply click on the Watermark button in the Page background group on the Page Layout tab and select Remove Watermark.

PS If you are still using Word version 2003, look here for instructions.

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