How to Put a Watermark in PowerPoint

By Filonia LeChat

Unlike its Microsoft Office suite partners such as Word, PowerPoint doesn’t have an in-program option to place a watermark on your slides. This doesn’t mean you have to go without this sometimes integral element. In some cases, it’s essential to add a watermark to your business document to let readers know of the document’s draft or confidential status, or simply to brand the slides with a corporate logo. In PowerPoint, you can put in watermarks through a bit of creative finessing of the program’s existing options.

Open the PowerPoint presentation that you want to add the watermark to. To add a watermark onto all of the slides, click the “View” tab and click the “Slide Master” button. Otherwise, click the “PgDn” key until the slide you want to add the watermark to shows in the main pane.

Click the “Insert” tab and click the “Text Box” button. Click the slide and drag to form a text box.

Click inside the text box and type the watermark text, such as “DRAFT.”

Click the border of the text box and drag the box to position the watermark on the slide. You can also rotate the text box with the green dot so the watermark is at an angle.

Highlight the text in the text box. Click the “Home” tab. Click the “Font Color” button, which is the “A” with the red line under it. Change the color to something light, such as a gray, that will be noticeable but not overwrite your other slide elements.

Click the orange “Drawing Tools” tab at the top of the work area. Click the “Shape Fill” arrow and select “No Fill.” This ensures that your text box, which looks transparent but is actually filled with opaque white, won’t obscure slide elements.


You can also add an image watermark, such as your company logo. Click the “Insert” tab and click “Picture.” After browsing to and double-clicking the image, right-click it and select “Format Picture.” Use options in the “Picture Corrections” and “Picture Color” menus to tone down and wash out the colors in the picture, making it look more like a watermark.