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.
- Open an empty document on Google Docs.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Out of all the tools, you need to select the tool for text, which has a T in a square-ish box icon.
- 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.
- 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.
- So this is what I created on Google Docs at first.
But because I wanted the text to be super transparent. I changed the color of the text and selected a much lighter tone.
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.
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.