Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Print a Watermark on a Spreadsheet

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Print a Watermark on a Spreadsheet

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Q. Is there a way to print a watermark on a spreadsheet? I know I can add one in Word, but I can't seem to do it in Excel.

A. Oddly, although Microsoft lets you print a watermark in Word, it offers no solution in Excel. However, there is a way to do it, and while it takes several steps, it's not too difficult. (To learn how to do it in Word, see the December 2003 Technology Q&A column, page 89.)

Begin by opening the WordArt toolbar in Excel (View, Toolbar, WordArt) and then click on the left-most icon (a right-leaning A) that reads Insert WordArt when you pass your cursor over it.

That opens a selection of styles in the WordArt Gallery. Pick a style and click on OK.

Replace the word WordArt and type file text of your watermark--for example, DRAFT. Click on OK.

If you want the word to be in another color or you want it to be somewhat transparent--that is, less color dense so the underlying data on the spreadsheet will show through--right-click directly inside that text and click on Format WordArt. …

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