Question We are currently using Word 2010. On a few particular documents (created on an older system) when the DRAFT watermark is generated parts of the watermark cannot be seen. I have removed the transparency option in the watermark. It seems to be a text issue. If I clear all the formatting in the center of the page, or use the format painter and copy the format of other text, the watermark can be seen as it should. Either step means I have to reformat that portion of the document. It's not a difficult project, just a pain to have to reformat. Any idea what could cause this issue?
Answer You've already done the one thing I would have suggested (the transparency option). I had an idea that maybe watermarks didn't show up behind tables, but I just tested that, and it's not the case unless you have shading in the cells. If there's a table involved, make sure that all the cells are set to No Fill.
But this suggests another, more reasonable explanation: if your text has any sort of shading (even white), it will block the watermark. This explains why clearing the formatting or copying from unaffected areas would solve the problem. So instead of clearing all the formatting, just remove the shading.
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