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How to add a watermark in Google Docs

Do you want to make sure everyone knows a Google Doc is yours? Add a watermark. Here’s how.

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If you want to leave your mark on the world — and on your documents — Google Docs now provides the option to add a watermark. The basic tool doesn’t offer anything new or surprising, but it is effective.

Image and text watermarks are both possible, and adding your mark to a document only takes a few clicks.

While the feature is standard in most popular word processors, you previously had to use workarounds to replicate the behavior in Google Docs.

But finally, a specialized tool has arrived. Let’s discuss how to watermark a document in Google Docs.

How to add a watermark in Google Docs

Adding watermarks in google docs
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If you want (or need) to add a watermark to your documents in Google Docs, follow along below:

Open the document you want to watermark

Go to Insert > Watermark Add watermark to gmail option

Click Select Image from the prompt and choose the picture you want to use Google docs tips and tricks

Format the watermark to the desired specifications and click DoneWatermark option google docs

The formatting options are sparse for images. You can only adjust the size and switch fade on or off, but that’s generally all you need to create an effective watermark.

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You can also opt to use text, which includes extra formatting tools. With text, you can change the font, adjust transparency, and choose either a diagonal or horizontal presentation.

Uploading a watermark to a document
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For some reason, you can make the text so transparent that human eyes can no longer see it, making your watermark so covert it may as well not exist.

The image or text you choose repeats on every page of the document, which should be useful in most cases.

If you want to remove a watermark at any time, you can click Remove watermark at the bottom of the formatting sidebar.

Make your mark in Google Docs

Watermarking is a standard feature that Google neglected to include in Docs for some time. Even though the company dominates the tech realm, some of its popular products still seem like works in progress.

However, adding useful tools, such as watermarking, helps bring Google Docs up to the standard of other well-known word processors.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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