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How to Add and Delete a Watermark in Excel

The watermark is an image used in the background of the worksheet labeled as copy, draft, confidential or a picture of the logo. The Excel 2010 and later versions do not have built-in watermarks, therefore we need to learn how to add and delete a watermark using the Header & Footer tools.

Figure 1. Watermark

How to Add a Watermark

First of all, we need to save an image on our computer which we want to use as watermark. Alternately, we can create a watermark by using the WordArt or Microsoft Paint tools and save it as an image on the computer. We need to follow the below steps to add watermark to worksheet.

  • Go to the View tab and from Workbook Views group select the Page Layout.
  • Select the Click to Add Header section on top of the worksheet.

Figure 2. Click to Add Header Section

  • When we select the Click to Add header section, Head & Footer Tools appears. Click on the Design tab

Figure 3. Header & Footer Tools

  • From the Header & Footer Elements group, select the Picture element and browse the picture where we have saved it on the computer. Select the picture and press the Insert button

Figure 4. Insert the Watermark Picture

  • The Header box of worksheet appears with text &[Picture] to indicate that the header contains a picture now.

Figure 5. Header Box Containing Picture Text

  • Click anywhere in worksheet area out of the header box to see and save the selected watermark image.

Figure 6. Insert Watermark

  • If the picture is more prominent than our worksheet body, then we can format the picture to make it less prominent. To do this, again click in header box and select Format Picture from Header & Footer Elements.
  • In the Format Picture window, select the Picture tab. In the Image Control section, click on Color drop-down and select Washout and press the OK button

Figure 7. Formatting the Watermark Picture

How to Delete a Watermark

To remove watermark we need to follow the below steps;

  • Click in the header box of the worksheet.
  • Select the text &[Picture] and press the Delete button
  • Click outside of the header box to save the changes.

Figure 8. How to Remove Watermark

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