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Hello and thank you for fielding my question. I am making a songbook with a watermark on each page. It seemed simple enough. The songbook consists of a three column table in word. Each page has a heading, Song Title-Artist-NUM. As you can guess, it's a karaoke songbook for our basement setup. The kids love it. We do, too. Anyway, we want a watermark hovering over the table, but a banded table always steps on the watermark. The banded rows won't allow the watermark to "come to front" or whatever it's called. I was successful by putting the desired watermark design, let's call it ENNUI--on top of the textual banded table. I will attach examples for you.
What I wish to do is make the entire document--which will be around 340 pages--with the same graphic on every page, essentially a watermark--just as in example 3. Is this possible? I'm trying to figure out how to do this without having to make and format the table, then go to each page, paste and format the photo. I've tried making a .dotx, and other stuff, but nothing quite works. Can you help me?
Very best regards,

It's a known problem that watermarks and tables don't play well together. In this instance, I don't think there is any alternative to what you're doing. A watermark is just a washed-out graphic anchored to the header and formatted as Behind Text. The only way to get any content to repeat on every page is to put it in (or anchored to) the header or footer, but, even if you format the watermark as In Front of Text, it won't be in front of the text in the document body. You'll have to decide whether having the watermark is important enough to you to justify the effort of putting it on every page. Consider also that this will hugely increase the file size.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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