How to Remove Watermarks in Word

No longer a draft? Time to remove that watermark

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Not a Draft anymore? Lets remove that watermark.

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Watermarks in Word can be a useful tool to quickly mark pages of your document, protect your content, and easily identify the status or security needs of your project. They can also be unnecessary. If you're ready to remove a watermark in Word, here's how to get it done in Word 2016, 2010, 2007, Word for Mac, and Word Online.

How to Remove a Watermark in Word

  1. Open Microsoft Word and the document containing a watermark.
  2. Under the Design tab, select Watermark, located on the far right of the screen.
    1. Note: In Word 2010 and Word 2007, Watermark is found under the Page Layout tab, and in the Page Background group.
  3. Select Remove Watermark.
Remove watermark in Microsoft Word 2016
Microsoft Word 2016 allows for watermarks to be added or removed under the Design tab.

If your watermark is still there, it's possible Word anchored your watermark in the header area if it's tied to a specific section. Double-click in the header area, select the watermark itself, then press Delete.

Note: If your document has multiple sections that are not linked together, these steps must be repeated to remove the watermark from each independent section.

How to Remove a Watermark in Word for Mac

  1. Open Word for Mac and the document containing the watermark.
  2. Click the Design tab. In the Page Background group, click Watermark.
    1. Note: Word for Mac 2011 users should navigate to the Page Layout tab, select the Page Background group, then click Watermark.
  3. The Insert Watermark box will open. Select No watermark.
Remove Watermark in Word for Mac
The No Watermark option in Word for Mac will remove a watermark from your document.

If the watermark is still there, it may be anchored to the header in a specific section. The solution is the same as the Windows version of Word above. You'll need to double-click the header area to open it, click the watermark, then Delete.

Note: If your document contains multiple sections and section breaks that are not linked and contain watermarks, you'll need to remove the watermark from each section individually by repeating the steps above.

Watermarks in Word Online

Word Online does, in fact, support using and removing watermarks. Simply follow the same steps outlined above for Windows and Mac users, respectively.