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Turn off / Add water Mark in Libre office

Some cases you need to remove water mark received in MS office file [doc] or you need to add water mark in Libreoffice file.

To remove MS office water mark, You need to understand what it is. It is a word art anchored in ‘header’ positioned in the center of page [Libreoffice treat it as word art].

Selection can be done by change navigation to drawing & delete the word art.

Select ‘navigator’ shown in center button in the ellipse & change the selection mode to’ drawing’ as shown in the rectangle.

Then using navigation arrow shown below rectangle[bottom downward double arrow], select the graphics & delete the water mark.


Same way, you can add water mark in libre office writer odt file.

  • Add a header in the page


  • Add a text box from drawing toolbar anchored in the header .



  • Add text required as water mark & Change text colour to light gray or variation of gray.


  • Rotate Text box to required degree


  • Center Text box to page.


  • Now you will have water mark in all pages.


Note : You can also associate header to one page style & control water mark where ever required. for editing, you can select using navigator –> drawing navigator shown in the above write up. then move text using arrow in the keyboard[mouse is not available to select].

  1. Vivek Texeira
    July 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Thanks a lot

  2. May 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Very useful – this had had me puzzled.

  3. Don
    June 3, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Thanks – this worked. You should set the font, font size, font color and effects (shadow) when you enter the text (ie Draft). Because once the text edit mode ends you can’t (well I couldn’t) change these attributes. I had to delete the text area and try again.

    • Oskar
      May 19, 2016 at 4:40 AM

      Double click on the text in the area to get back to text edit mode.

  4. olivier
    July 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    More simple for adding water mark in libreoffice :
    1- Make an image of your water mark for exemple in libreoffice draw and export to png
    2- In your writer document go to Page style/Background, choose Image in place of Color, and select your image.

    In this configuration you can change water mark in the same document by using different page style that you have personalized.

  5. luis
    May 21, 2015 at 3:27 AM

    thank you!!

  6. Oskar
    May 19, 2016 at 4:43 AM

    How to make the watermark appear BEHIND the contents of the page, instead of covering it?

    • September 30, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      Set by right click -> arrange -> to background.

  7. September 30, 2016 at 2:03 AM

    Thank you very much for sharing.
    I was going crazy searching for this and having wrong answers…
    Your solution was easy to follow and worked like a charm.

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