Removing a Watermark in Microsoft Word

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A fellow editor just wrote with a problem related to Microsoft Word. Seems that a document she was trying to edit had the word Draft splashed on the background on every page, in big, blue, 40-point type. This “watermark” was a huge distraction. Could she get rid of it?

Indeed she could, and she did. To remove a watermark in Word:

  • Click the Design tab.
  • Click Watermark in the Page Background group.
  • Click Remove Watermark.

Voila. Happy editing!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2007 and has been updated to reflect how Microsoft 365 works.

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