How to Get Rid of a Watermark in a Document

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How to Get Rid of a Watermark in a Document
Watermarks are semi-transparent images or text in the background of a document. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Watermarks are semi-transparent images or text added to the background of a document for a variety of practical and aesthetic purposes, such as to indicate drafts in progress, confidential materials, or to display company logos or other graphics in a subtle way. However, as part of your editing process, you may wish to remove a watermark from your document. Fortunately, removing one is as easy as adding one (most of the time).

Skill level:


    Remove Watermark from Document Body

  1. 1

    Click on the "Page Layout" tab.

  2. 2

    Click the "Watermark" button. A pull-down menu will display.

  3. 3

    Select "Remove Watermark," located at the bottom of the menu.

    Remove Watermark from Document Header

  1. 1

    Double-click the header.

  2. 2

    Click the watermark once.

  3. 3

    Press the "Delete" button.

  4. 4

    Double-click anywhere in the document body to close the header, or select "Close Header and Footer" from the "Header and Footer Tools" tab.

Tips and warnings

  • If you cannot remove the watermark using this method, the image may not technically be a watermark, but rather an ordinary picture file that the author set in the background and made semi-transparent. In this case, you'll need to delete the image by clicking on the image in a text-free area, which should highlight the image. Press the "Delete" button to remove it.
  • If your document contains multiple sections and headers that are not linked, you'll have to repeat this process to remove the watermark from each section individually.
  • If the document is locked for editing, you will not be able to remove the watermark. You must either unlock it yourself, or ask the document author for the unlock password.

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