How to mark copy as draft with a watermark in Microsoft Word

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How to mark copy as draft with a watermark in Microsoft Word
A watermark marks your document as a draft without making it unreadable. (Microsoft Corporation)

When you're composing important documents, feedback from colleagues and other people in your field can be invaluable -- yet the last thing you want is to have incorrect or incomplete copies of your document in circulation, something which could potentially cause confusion or even damage your reputation. When sharing a work-in-progress document with others, use Microsoft Word's watermark feature to make it clear the document is a draft without affecting its layout or formatting in any way.

Skill level:
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Instructions

    Microsoft Word 2013, 2010 or 2007

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Word and open the document to which you want to add the watermark.

  2. 2

    Click the "Watermark" button. If you are using Microsoft Word 2013, this button can be found in the "Page Background" group on the "Design" tab; if you are using Microsoft Word 2010 or 2007, the button is located on the "Page Layout" tab.

  3. 3

    Select either of the "Draft" watermarks from the list of built-in watermarks to apply it to your document. If you like how it looks, you are done. If, on the other hand, neither of the two available watermarks suits your document, click "Custom Watermark." This opens the Printed Watermark dialog window.

  4. 4

    Ensure the "Text Watermark" option is active and type "DRAFT" in the "Text" field. Using the "Font," "Size" and "Colour" drop-down menus, adjust the watermark's appearance to your liking.

  5. 5

    Set the "Layout" option to either "Diagonal" or "Horizontal," depending on your preference, and click "OK" to apply the watermark to your document.

    Microsoft Word 2003

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Word and open the document to which you want to add the watermark.

  2. 2

    Click "Format," hover over "Background" and select "Printed Watermark." This opens the Printed Watermark dialog window.

  3. 3

    Select the "Text Watermark" option and type "DRAFT" in the "Text" field. Set the "Layout" option to either "Horizontal" or "Vertical," depending on your preference.

  4. 4

    Adjust the options in the "Font," "Size" and "Colour" drop-down menus to change the appearance of the watermark to your liking and then click "OK" to add it to your document.

Tips and warnings

  • To apply the watermark to parts of your document, split the document into several parts using section breaks.

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