Water marks in Word mark the pages of your document, protect your content, and determine the status or security needs of your project. Delete them when they’ve completed their task, it’s as simple as adding them in the first place.

These instructions apply to Word 2019, 2016, 2010, 2007, Word for Mac, Word for Office 365, and Word Online.

How to remove a watermark in Word for Windows or Word Online

On the tab » Design » select « Watermark» located on the right side of the screen. Select Remove watermark .

In Word 2010 and Word 2007, the watermark is on tab » Page layout «and in the group» Page background «.

Remove Watermark in Microsoft Word 2016 Screenshot

Microsoft Word 2016 allows watermarks, to be added or removed on the Design tab.

If your watermark is still there, Word may have stuck your watermark in the header area if it’s tied to a specific section. Double-click the title area, select the watermark itself, and click » Delete» .

If your document contains sections that are not related to each other, these steps must be repeated to remove the watermark from each independent section.

How to Remove Watermark in Word for Mac

Go to tab » Design «. In the Page Background group, click Watermark», to display the «Insert watermark» box. Select No watermark .

In Word for Mac 2011, go to tab » Page layout «, select the group » Page background » and press » Watermark» .

Remove watermark in Word for Mac screenshot

The option No Watermark in Word for Mac will remove the watermark from the document.

If the watermark is still there, it may be tied to a title in a specific section. The solution is similar to the Windows version of Word: double-click the title area to open it, click the watermark, then click » Delete» .

If your document contains multiple sections and section breaks that are unrelated and contain watermarks, you will need to remove the watermark from each section individually by repeating the steps above.

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