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If you've ever seen a document that had something faded into the background of every page such as an image or text like the word Copy or Confidential, you know what a watermark is. Originally a watermark was part of the actual paper you typed on and if you held it up to the light, you might see the text or image better. Nowadays you put it into your document on screen and it prints with the rest of your document. So let's put a watermark in an existing document. We'll open that up by going to the Office button and then Open.
Navigate to the Lesson 6 folder and we'll select a job posting 11 and we'll open that one. So a very plain document right now and we're going to put a watermark into this page. Now you can actually do two different kinds of watermarks, but I'll show you some of the presets first. First thing we need to do is go to the Page Layout tab, because that's where we find the Page Background group, and there's Watermark right there. So when we click on it, you'll notice that there's some presets for us. We've got Confidential.
We've got a diagonal, horizontal, we've got a Do Not Copy, both ways as well. And if we click our scrollbar down, you'll see we've got some Draft and Sample options and ASAP and Urgent as well. But if you want to create your own, you actually come down to custom watermarking give it a click. The Printed Watermark dialog box then shows up and you can see by default, we've got No Watermark, though we've got two other options, Picture Watermark or Text Watermark. We're going to start with a text watermark, so click on that radial button there.
The language is going to be English, we'll leave it at that but we can choose different languages. There is quite a list of languages to choose from. We'll leave it at English, United States. The text? Maybe we want the word " confidential" in the background so click this drop-down and sure enough, Confidential is on the list along with a number of others in there as well. Like "Top Secret" and "Urgent." We'll choose Confidential. "ets change the font, I prefer Arial. So I'm in a type the letter A on my keyboard to go to the As and type an R.
That narrows it down. There's Arial right there. We'll give it a click. The size right now says auto. But I want to choose the size so I can click the drop-down. We'll scroll down and select 60. We'll see what that looks like. I can also choose the color of this text. Right now, it's defaulting to gray and you can see it's semitransparent. I'm going to turn Semitransparent off and choose a lighter gray. So I'm going to come over here and select this one here. The layout is by default set to Diagonal, but I can do is horizontally.
I'm going to leave it at diagonal and I'll click Apply. That way I don't have to click OK, not like what I see and come back and make a change. I can apply it, I can see it back here in my document. And that looks good. So I'm actually going to click Close. Perfect. Now a watermark kind of works like headers and footers in that they show up on every single page. So if I was to scroll down to the bottom of this page, and I'm just a click down here, hold down Control and press the Enter key, which is inserting a new page, and I'll scroll down you can see that that watermark is there as well.
So I'll scroll back up to the top, all the way up to page 1 up here. And there's where we have some actual text. All right. That was pretty easy. Let's do a picture watermark now. So again we'll go up to our Watermark button, we'll skip over the presets and we'll go down to custom watermark and let's change it to Picture. So all we need to do now is select the picture using the Select Picture button. We want to navigate to the Lesson 6 folder of your exercise because there is the cake logo there and when I click on it, I'll have selected it and I'll click Insert.
So that inserts it here into the Select Picture field. Now Washout is selected because a watermark should be faded in the background but this image is already faded enough so I'll turn the washout feature off. And now I'll let it automatically scale. We'll see what that looks like when we click Apply. So I'll move this by clicking and dragging it out of way and you can see my watermark in the background. Interesting. So if I click Washout, and then Apply, you see it's hardly visible at all.
So we definitely don't want that on. We'll deselect it, we'll click OK. And now if we scroll down to the other pages, we'll see that we've got that watermark there as well. So if you ever decide that you no longer want your watermark, no problem. All we do as we go up to Watermark, and we choose Remove Watermark. Give it a click, it's gone, and as I scroll up, you can see no more watermark. Well done. That covers watermarks. If you wish to use a watermark on only selected pages, check out the lesson little later on that covers creating sections in the working with long documents section of this title.
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