How to Delete a Watermark in Word 2010

A watermark can serve a number of different functions in a Microsoft Word document. The watermark can consist of a word, such as “confidential” to let the reader of the document know that it is sensitive, or it can consist of an image, perhaps of a company’s logo.

But no matter what the intention was when the watermark was added, there are situations where it can be unnecessary or distracting.

Fortunately a watermark is not permanently a part of Word document and can be removed from the document much like any other object. Our short guide below will show you where to go in Word 2010 to remove any watermark that has been added.

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Removing a Watermark in a Word 2010 Document

The steps in this article will assume that you have a Word document which currently has a watermark on it. The steps to remove the watermark are the same for These steps were performed using Microsoft Word 2010, although the steps are also similar in Word 2007 and Word 2013.

If these steps do not work to remove the unwanted watermark, then you may actually be dealing with a background picture or a header picture. If that is the case, then you will need to take different steps in order to remove it. This article will show you which steps to take.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word 2010.

Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.

click the page layout tab

Step 3: Click the Watermark button.

click the watermark button

Step 4: Click the Remove Watermark option at the bottom of the menu.

click the remove watermark option

If there is still an image behind your document’s content, then that image was not added as a watermark. You can read this article to learn how to delete a background or header picture from a file in Word 2010.

Now that you know how to delete a watermark in Word 2010, you will be able to remove any similar content that appears in that location that you don’t want to include.

Did you know that Microsoft Word 2010 has some image editing tools, and can even allow you to perform actions like removing the background from a picture? This tutorial will show you how.

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