Adding watermarks to workbook

Excel 2016 2013 2010
This tip describes how to add watermark text or picture to your workbook.
Watermark in Excel 365

To add a watermark, follow these steps:

   1.   On the View tab, in the Workbook Views group, click Page Layout:

Page Layout view in Excel 365

   2.   Click the center section of the header:

Click to add header in Excel 365

   3.   On the Header & Footer tab, in the Header & Footer Elements group, click Picture:

Picture for Header and Footer in Excel 365

   4.   In the Insert Pictures dialog box, choose the picture you want to become a watermark.

   5.   Click outside the header to see your watermark.

Notes:

  • To center the image in the middle of the page, click the center section of the header and add some carriage returns before the &[Picture] code.
    You'll need to experiment to determine the number of carriage returns required to push the image into the body of the worksheet.
  • If you need to adjust the image (for example, make it lighter), do the following:
    1. Click the center section of the header.
    2. On the Header & Footer tab, in the Header & Footer Elements group, click Format Picture:
      Format Picture for Header and Footer in Excel 365
    3. In the Format Picture dialog box, you can do additional changes:
      Format Picture in Excel 365

See also this tip in French: Comment ajouter des filigranes au classeur.

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