In my last post, I showed you how to make a graphic into a watermark in Microsoft Word. Today, I’ll show you how to do the same thing with text using WordArt. The reason we use WordArt is because a text box does not have an option to make the text transparent, so it doesn’t work well for a watermark (at least, I don’t know of an option. If you know, please let us know in the comments!).
Here are the steps to use WordArt to make a text-based watermark in Microsoft Word. As usual, all graphics are thumbnails. Click on the graphic to see it full-size.
- Click on the WordArt button on the drawing toolbar (if you don’t have your drawing toolbar open, click on View|Toolbars|Drawing).
- Choose the format of your WordArt and click “OK”.
- Enter your text and click OK.
- You now have your WordArt inserted into your document. Right click on the WordArt and choose “Format WordArt”.
- Click on the drop down box next to “Color” and choose “Fill Effects”.
- In the Fill Effects dialogue box, under “Colors” choose “One Color”, and under transparency, set your desired transparency. I usually set it to around 50%. You can experiment and find the best settings for you. Click OK when finished.
- Click on the Layout tab. Choose “Behind Text” and then click on the “Advanced” button.
- In the Advanced Layout dialogue box, uncheck the box next to “Move object with text”, and then click “OK”.
- Click “OK” again, and you have your WordArt watermark in your Microsoft Word document. You can now move, rotate and align your watermark to your heart’s content.