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Microsoft Word/Watermark Issue - Word 2010


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?

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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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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