How to Remove Draft Watermark from Word: A Step-by-Step Guide

Removing the draft watermark from Word is as easy as a couple of clicks. All you have to do is access the "Watermark" option under the "Design" tab, select "Remove Watermark," and voilĂ , your document is free from the draft watermark. Let’s dive into the steps in detail.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Remove Draft Watermark from Word

Before we get into the nitty gritty, let me explain what we’re about to do. We’re going to remove that pesky draft watermark that’s been hanging around in the background of your Word document. You know, the one that’s been distracting you from the actual content of your work.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Open the document you want to remove the watermark from. It’s as simple as double-clicking the file or opening Word and finding the document.

Once you have your document open, you’re ready to move on to the next step. Make sure you’re on the first page of the document, as watermarks are typically applied to every page.

Step 2: Go to the "Design" tab.

Click on the "Design" tab in the ribbon at the top of the Word window. It’s right between "Layout" and "References."

The "Design" tab is where you’ll find all sorts of tools to make your document look snazzy. But today, we’re just focusing on getting rid of that watermark.

Step 3: Find the "Watermark" option.

In the "Page Background" section, you’ll see an option that says "Watermark." Click on that.

You might have to look around for a second, but it’s there. Trust me, you can’t miss it once you find it.

Step 4: Select "Remove Watermark."

After clicking "Watermark," a drop-down menu will appear. At the very bottom, there’s an option that says "Remove Watermark." Click on it.

In most cases, clicking "Remove Watermark" will instantly remove the watermark from every page of your document.

After you’ve completed these steps, your document will be watermark-free, clear, and professional-looking.

Tips for Removing Draft Watermark from Word

  • Before removing the watermark, make sure it’s okay to do so. Sometimes watermarks are there for a reason.
  • If the watermark doesn’t disappear after following the steps, try closing and reopening the document.
  • Double-check other pages in the document to ensure the watermark has been removed from all of them.
  • If you’re working with a protected document, you may need permission to remove the watermark.
  • Remember, once the watermark is removed, save your document to keep the changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if the watermark is still there after following the steps?

Try closing and reopening the document. If it’s still there, it might be part of a header or footer, or it could be an image placed in the background.

Can I remove watermarks from multiple documents at once?

Unfortunately, no. You’ll have to open each document and remove the watermark following the same process.

What if I don’t see the "Design" tab?

Make sure you’re using a version of Word that has the "Design" tab (Word 2013 or later). If you’re on an earlier version, try looking for the watermark option under the "Page Layout" tab.

Can I remove a watermark from a read-only document?

You’ll need editing permissions to remove a watermark from a read-only document. Try contacting the document’s owner to get the necessary permissions.

Why would I want to remove a draft watermark?

You might want to remove a draft watermark for the final version of your document, for a cleaner look, or if you’re repurposing a draft for another use.


  1. Open your document in Microsoft Word.
  2. Go to the "Design" tab.
  3. Find the "Watermark" option.
  4. Select "Remove Watermark."


Now you’re a pro at removing draft watermarks from Word documents. It’s a handy skill that can help give your documents a more polished and finished look. Whether you’re tidying up a final report, preparing a proposal, or just annoyed by the faint "DRAFT" lurking behind your words, you now have the tools to make it disappear. Just remember to follow the steps carefully and save your document after removing the watermark. If you ever need to add a watermark back in, or maybe a different one, just revisit the "Watermark" option and choose a new one. Removing a draft watermark from Word is just one of the many ways to customize your Word experience and make your documents work for you.

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