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How to apply watermark to one or all pages in a Word document?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-11-12

While using Microsoft Word, it’s common to add picture watermark or text watermark in documents for reminding readers that the document is draft, confidential, sample, etc. Here, this article will show you how to add watermark to all pages of a Word document, and add watermark to only one page of a Word document as well.


Apply watermark to all pages in a Word document

You can easily apply watermark to all pages in a Word Document by the Watermark feature easily. Please do as follows:

Click Design > Watermark, and then select a watermark from the drop down list. See screenshot:

Notes:
(1) If you need to add picture watermark or custom text watermark, please click Design > Watermark > Custom Watermark, and then: (A) check Picture watermark option and specify the picture as you need, or (B) check Text watermark option and configure the specified text and its formatting style. See screenshot:

(2) To remove the watermark from all pages, please click Design > Watermark > Remove Watermark.
(3) If you are using Word 2010 or 2007, please click Page Layout > Watermark, and then select a watermark from drop down list.

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Apply watermark to one page in a Word document

For example I have a Word document with 7 pages, and want to apply watermark to the second page only. Here, I will describe the detailed steps to add watermark to the specified one page only.

1. Go to the beginning of the specified page (the 2nd page in my case) you will add watermark, and click Layout (or Page Layout in Word 2007/2010/2013) > Breaks > Next Page. See screenshot:

2. Go to the end of the specified page (the 2nd page in my case), and click Layout (or Page Layout in Word 2007/2010/2013) > Breaks > Next Page.

3. Double click the header of the 2nd page to show the header area. And now you will see the text of Same as Previous below header line. See screenshot:

4. Now the Header & Footer Tools are enabled. Please click Design (under Header & Footer Tools) > Link to Previous. See screenshot:

Now the text of Same as Previous is removed from the header of the 2nd page.

5. Put cursor at the header of the 3rd page, and click Design (under Header & Footer Tools) > Link to Previous to remove the text of Same as Previous in the 3rd page.

6. Place cursor at header of the 2nd page, click Design (or Page Layout in Word 2007/2010) > Watermark, and then select a watermark from the Watermark drop down list.

Now the watermark is added on the 2nd page only of current Word document. See screenshot:

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Thank you so much!
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Bonjour
J'ai bien lu votre article mais il m'a pas été utile car moi je veux mettre une image en filigrane et n'on un texte
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Hi Wesh Alain,
Click Design > Watermark > Custom Watermark, and then check Picture watermark option and specify the picture as you need.
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This didn't work for me either, the custom watermark appeared on every page despite following the instructions for it to appear on only 1 page.
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It was working for default watermarks but didn't work for a custom picture watermark. As soon as i select a custom picture, it would show up on all pages.
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Hi,
If you want to insert a custom watermark in one page only, there is a workaround:
(1) Create a new document, and insert your custom watermark in it.
(2) Go to your document, and remove “Same as previous” from the header and footer of the specified page.
(3) Copy the custom watermark from the new document to the specified page of your document. This article introduced the way about copying watermark: https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/word/4528-word-copy-watermark.html
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actually I was able to make it work using existing setup. When I added a custom watermark, it shows up in all the pages. All I had to do was go and delete the watermarks from previous page and next page (from the page where i need the watermark on). Since current page is not linked with prev and next pages, the delete only deletes the watermark on ALL the previous pages and ALL the next (linked) pages thus keeping the watermark only on my current page.
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