How to Print a Draft on a PDF Page (6 Steps)

by Diana LaRose
computer keyboard image by Tom Curtis from

Adding a text string such as "Draft" to a PDF file clearly designates that a document is currently under development and subject to change. In addition, you can print this text string on all pages of a PDF file to discourage unauthorized printing or copying. Using Adobe Acrobat, you can define the specific text that appears and can choose from a number of options to define how the text will look when the document is printed.

Step 1

Open the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Select "Document" from the menu bar . Click "Watermark" and then click "Add" (Acrobat 8 and 9) or click "Add Watermark & Background" (Acrobat 6 and 7).

Step 3

Type the text you want to use in the box marked "Text."

Step 4

Define basic characteristics for the text string using the menus in the "Source" section of the "Add Watermark" dialog box. Choose options for font, size, underline, color, and justification, or use the default options. The "Preview" box on the right gives you a preview of how your document will appear with the watermark text using the options you choose.

Step 5

Select additional appearance options using the menus in the "Appearance" section of the dialog box. You can rotate the text string, set the degree of opacity, set the text size relative to the document page or define whether the text appears in front of the document text or behind it.

Click "OK" to finish.


  • You cannot use Adobe Reader to add a "Draft" text string to a PDF file.


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  • computer keyboard image by Tom Curtis from

About the Author

A technical writer in the Seattle area since 1984, Diana LaRose began authoring web content in 2007 in the areas of computers and networking, health and fitness, lifestyle, and others. Her articles have appeared on eHow and BeyondJane. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Houston.

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