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Add a DRAFT watermark to the background of slides

Applies to: PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007.

PowerPoint doesn’t have a collection of pre-existing watermarks like Word has, but you can still physically arrange a text background in your slides to generate that watermark effect.

To specify that your presentation is a draft copy, insert the watermark text “Draft” to the background of your slides. Or create other text stamps, such as “Company Confidential,” your company name, or anything else that you want.

Newer versions

Add a watermark

  1. Press View > Slide Master.
  1. Scroll to the top of the thumbnail pane and pick the Slide Master at the top.
  1. Choose Insert > Text Box, then drag to draw a text box on the slide.
  1. Write the relevant text you want in the text box.

Change the look of the watermark text

  1. Select and hold the rotation handle at the top of the text box by moving the mouse left or right.
  1. Click the text in the text box.
  1. Select a light font fill colour, and apply any other enhancements to the font and style.
  1. Exit Slide Master. Every slide in your presentation will contain the watermark text.

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