How To Insert An Image As A Watermark In Microsoft Word 2010

Recently I posted an article, “Get It While You Can – Microsoft Office Starter 2010”, describing how you can get the Starter Edition of Microsoft Word 2010 and how the Starter Edition of MS-Word will serve to meet your needs in the department of word processing. Folks, I have been using the Starter Edition on a regular basis and I have yet come to a situation where I needed a feature that is in the full version (which costs a lot of money).  I am sure I may run into the wall with this, but I have not yet.

As a result of finally getting the opportunity to play around with MS-Word 2010, I decided today to put up a post on how you can take an image (or picture) and insert it as a watermark in your document. These same steps can be used to insert a normal text based watermark, as well.

If you are unfamiliar with watermarks…  Watermarks are faint imprints on the background of the document to designate the status of the document. For example, one of the most common watermarks that I have seen and used is the “DRAFT” watermark to indicate that a document is in the draft mode.

Screenshot - DRAFT Watermark

Other common watermarks used are “Confidential” and “ASAP”..; BUT, what if you want to use an image as a watermark to brand a document or to decorate the document?

To insert an image as a watermark in Microsoft Word 2010, follow these steps:

1.  Pull up your document in Word.  Click on the Page Layout tab at the top menu, click on Watermark, then at the bottom of the drop down click on Custom Watermark.

Screenshot - Watermark

2.  After you click on Custom Watermark, the Printed Watermark dialog box will appear.  When this box appears, click on Picture Watermark and Select Picture button will become active.  At this point, click on the Select Picture button to retrieve the image (or picture) you desire for the watermark image.

Screenshot - Printed Watermark Dialog box

3.  When retrieving the image (or picture) you desire, make sure you select the Washout check box so that the selected image (or picture) is lightened.  At this point, you can also change the scale of the image.

Once you select a watermark and embed it in the document, it becomes visible throughout the entire document.  If you need to turn “off” or change the watermark, simply follow these steps again.

If you are a Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 user, be sure to check out a related article titled:

Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007



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9 thoughts on “How To Insert An Image As A Watermark In Microsoft Word 2010

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  1. Hi Rick,

    Happy New Year!

    I just tried installing the Starter Edition of Microsoft Office 2010 from your selected links (I must have been away for work and missed the article originally) but sadly as I’m still running XP it would not install stating that Vista or W7 were required.

    Oh well better luck next time. 🙂



  2. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after going through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m certainly delighted I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!


  3. I am unable to select the “Washout” check box (as it is greyed out) and nor can I view the sample tex watermarks (“Confidential”, etc.) as they too are greyed out. Any ideas how the solve this problem?


    1. Sonja,

      I am no Microsoft Office specialist; HOWEVER, I believe I found the solution to your problem:

      The command for creating a watermark is available only in normal, print layout, and outline views. To change the view, make a new selection on the View menu.



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