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Insert a Watermark in Excel

By May 20, 2013

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Insert a Watermark in Excel
Insert a Watermark in Excel
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Excel does not include a true watermark feature, but you can approximate a visible watermark by inserting an image file into a header or footer of a worksheet.

In visible watermarking, the information is typically text or a logo which identifies the owner or marks the media in some way.

Since headers and footers are normally displayed on every page of a workbook, this method of watermarking is an easy way to ensure that a logo or other necessary information is present on all pages.

To find out all the details read this short tutorial on how to Insert a Watermark in Excel.

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May 29, 2013 at 9:29 am
(1) Jon says:

Been trying to work out how to do this for ages!!

June 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm
(2) Claire J says:

Actually Excel does have a way to enter a watermark on spreadsheets.
Go to File, Print, at the bottom of the print options, there is a link titled “Page Setup”, click that, go into Options, Watermark and type in whatever watermark word you wish such as Draft or Confidential.

Watermark away! :-)

June 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm
(3) Ted French says:

Claire J

Your method is a feature specific to your printer it is not an Excel feature – unfortunately not every printer has this option

June 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm
(4) DILLAN says:

It maybe specific for each printer but IT WORKS!!! THANKS MAN!!

March 14, 2014 at 11:16 am
(5) Teresa says:

Claire you are AMAZING!!!

If you have a different version:

go into
File, click on Print, select Printer Properties under the Advanced Tab you will find watermark.


March 21, 2014 at 10:58 am
(6) Brett says:

The easiest way to circumvent the watermark issue is to print to an Adobe PDF file, and then add in your watermark in Adobe. Very easy, just have to make your excel sheet a PDF. This means though that if you want to change anything to your end document, you have to change it in Excel and then print to Adobe PDF again. Hope this helps!

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