Stubborn Watermark

Kirby, a loyal member of the Peanut Gallery in Qatar, had a problem. He had a DRAFT watermark on his Word document that simply would not go away. The watermark on the odd pages went away using the normal means (Page Layout tab > Watermark > Remove Watermark), but the one on the even pages was stubborn and stayed there no matter what. He asked for help and emailed his document to me.

I tried the usual means, which didn’t work (no surprise), and tried a few other things, which didn’t work either. Then I went to my Word guru, Rhonda Bracey in Australia, who just so happened to have the solution posted on her CyberText Newsletter blog on WordPress:

Watermarks have always been stored as part of the header in Word, so:
1. Double-click inside the section’s header to open it.
2. Move your cursor over some of the letters in the watermark until it turns into a 4-way arrow.
3. Click to select the watermark (you’ll see colored selection handles around the watermark text when it’s selected).
4. Press the Delete key to remove the watermark.
5. Repeat for all other sections that have a stubborn watermark that you can’t remove.

I tried this on the document Kirby had emailed to me, and TA-DA! It worked like a charm! Thanks, Rhonda!
So I thought I would share this with the rest of the Peanut Gallery in case they ever experienced a stubborn watermark.
It sure makes you feel great when that DRAFT is gone, and the document is done!

Profound Quote of the Day:

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844–1900


One Response to “Stubborn Watermark”

  1. Rhonda Says:

    Glad I could help, Jeanne!

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