How to Add Watermark to your Google Docs

Google Docs still does not have a feature where you can create a Watermark and add it to the document. However, there are other ways in which you can add a watermark to your document on Google Docs. There are many applications that can help you add a watermark to your document as well. Let’s look at how we can add a watermark to our Google document.

Since we cannot make a watermark on Google Docs, we are going to add a text box to our document and create an image out of it. While keeping the transparency at the lowest possible degree so that it looks like a watermark which is beneath all the text. For this, you can select a tone of color that would be the lightest and be slightly visible from the behind the text.

Follow the steps mentioned below to create a text box which will be used as a watermark for your document on Google Docs.

  1. Open an empty document on Google Docs.
    It doesn’t necessarily have to be a blank document as you can edit the placement of the watermark even after the image has been added to the page. But for simplicity of an example, let’s use a blank document.
  2. Since you have to add a text box, you will go to the Insert tab that is visible on the top toolbar for Google Docs, click on it, and you will be directed to more options where you will find ‘Drawing…’ tab. Click on this.
    access the drawing feature on Google Docs for adding an image, a text box, a shape or a watermark. This is where we will create a simple watermark for our document.

    Drawing… is the tab where you are going to add a text box, edit it according to your requirements of a watermark, and then apply it on all your pages of the document.

  3. A ‘Drawing…’ canvas will spread right in front of your screen where you can draw anything and everything regarding your document with the help of the present tools as displayed in the picture below.
    The drawing canvas enough space for your to draw a watermark for your document. You don’t only get to write a watermark, but you can also edit the text that you add accordingly.
  4. Out of all the tools, you need to select the tool for text, which has a T in a square-ish box icon.
    If you want to add a watermark that is in the form of a text, how we usually see ‘legal’ written on legal papers as a watermark behind the text, you will choose the text box as shown in this picture to create a text box on the drawing canvas.
  5. Clicking on the text box will make your cursor turn into a plus sign. You can use this cursor, click and drag and create a text box. How big or small you want the text box to be is up to you and your papers requirement.
    Drag the cursor to create a text box. Note: You don’t want the text box to be very big. Because either way, you can increase the size of the watermark once it is placed on the document.
  6. Edit the text from the toolbar that is shown in the picture below. You can add color to this text, make it larger, and change the font accordingly. Don’t forget to save and close the drawing canvas once you have completed the text box settings.
    Edit the text as per your requirements
  7. So this is what I created on Google Docs at first.
    How I initially made the watermark

    But because I wanted the text to be super transparent. I changed the color of the text and selected a much lighter tone.

    Changing the color of the text for more transparency

    This way, I won’t need to manually decrease the transparency. I can simply choose a color which will be perfectly visible at the back while the text over it can be read without much problem.
    This is how the edited version of my watermark on Google Docs looks like after I changed the color of the text.

    Final outcome.

People usually have a watermark for their company in another format which can be added as an image on a Google Doc from the image option that appears after the drawing canvas opens in front of you. However, if you don’t need that, or want a watermark saying ‘confidential’ or ‘legal’, this method would be suitable enough to get a watermark on your document.

There is not much that you can do to edit on a watermark on Google Docs. So another way of adding a watermark to your Google Docs, as I suggest, would be that you create a watermark on MS Word, and save it and get it exported to Google Doc. This way, you can use that image as a watermark behind your work on Google Docs.

Habiba Rehman
Major love for reading, but writing is what keeps me going. Dream to publish my own novels someday.