Insert watermark in Excel - quick and simple

Add your custom watermark to a file

Whether you want to prepare your tables for printing, identify the owner or the status of the document, or simply protect the information, Watermark in Excel will help you. With this add-in, you can insert and remove built-in watermarks as well as quickly create, save, and edit your own ones.

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Watermark in Excel 2019, 2016 - 2010

With Watermark for Excel you will

  • Create new watermarks Name your watermark, make it look like a picture or text, and adjust its settings to use it right away.
  • Use text in your watermark Enter any text you want, set the font, change its size and color, decide whether it should be transparent and diagonal.
  • Turn a picture into a watermark Select a picture from your PC and check the option to make it transparent if needed.
  • Insert watermark in Excel and delete it in a snap Open your workbook, run the add-in, and click one button to either Insert or Remove the watermark.

Work with watermarks in Excel is made easy

Create a new watermark and change its settings to your needs
Create a new watermark and change its settings to your needs
Add any text to your watermark in Excel…
Add any text to your watermark in Excel…
…or select a picture from your computer as a watermark
…or select a picture from your computer as a watermark

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Frequently asked questions

What is Watermark and what do I need it for?

The Watermark add-in allows you to add, store, insert, and remove watermarks in Excel. With its help you're able to create your watermarks, edit the existent ones, keep them at one place, and delete those you no longer need.

Doesn't Microsoft Excel do the same without any add-ins?

There's no built-in watermark feature in Excel. Yes, you could try working with Header & Footer Tools to add a picture to one of the edges of the sheet. But you'll have to go over the same steps on each sheet within a workbook. Also, it's impossible to use text in header and footer.

Our add-in creates watermarks from pictures as well as from text. The process of adding a watermark to every worksheet is reduced to a couple of mouse clicks.

How does Watermark work?

To add a watermark to Excel, follow the steps below:

  1. Choose a watermark from the list or create a new one.
  2. Adjust the settings for the selected watermark:

    If your watermark is text:

    • Enter the text and choose its font, size, and color.
    • Decide whether it should be transparent and diagonal.

    If your watermark is a picture:

    • Browse for another picture on your PC if necessary.
    • Decide whether it should be transparent.
  3. Click the Insert button and get the result immediately.

See a more detailed description here.

What if the watermark doesn't look as I expected? Can I change it right away?

Sure, just remove the watermark from the sheet, change its settings or select a completely different watermark on the add-in pane, and insert it again.

Will I be able to print my table with this watermark?

Of course. Go to Print Preview and you'll see what will be printed - watermark included.

Will I see the watermark on computers without the add-in?

Yes, you will. Once the watermark is added, it becomes a part of your document. You will see it on any device that can open Excel files. However, you won't be able to edit or delete the watermark from the file.

What picture formats are supported by Watermark?

Our add-in supports the most popular picture formats: BMP, DIB, RLE, JPG, JPEG, JPE, JFIF, GIF, TIF, TIFF, and PNG.

Supported versions

Microsoft Excel

  • Excel included in ​Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)
  • Excel 2019
  • Excel 2016
  • Excel 2013
  • Excel 2010
  • 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Note! Office Insider is not supported


  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Note! Windows insider is not supported
  • Note! Surface Pro X and Windows X are not supported

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