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Tip 22: Inserting a Watermark
Inserting a Watermark
A watermark is an image (or text) that appears on a printed page. A watermark can be a faint
company logo or a word, such as DRAFT.
Excel doesn’t have an official command to print a watermark, but you can add a watermark by
inserting a picture in the page header or footer. Here’s how to do it:
1. Locate an image on your hard drive that you want to use for the watermark.
2. Choose View➜Workbook Views➜Page Layout View to enter Page Layout view.
3. Click the center section of the header.
4. Choose Header & Footer Tools➜Header & Footer Elements➜Picture.
The Insert Picture dialog box appears.
5. Click Browse and locate and select the image you picked in Step 1 (or locate a suitable image
from other sources listed); then click Insert to insert the image.
6. Click outside the header to see your image.
7. To center the image vertically on the page, click the center section of the header and press
Enter a few times 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 document.
8. If you need to adjust the image (for example, to make it lighter), click the center section of
the header and then choose Header & Footer Tools➜Header & Footer Elements➜Format
Picture; use the Image controls on the Picture tab of the Format Picture dialog box to adjust
You may need to experiment with the settings to make sure that the worksheet text is legible.