How to Add Watermark in LibreOffice Writer

This quick guide will help you to add watermark in LibreOffice Writer.

Watermarking is a way of inserting any graphic or text in all the pages of a Writer document to make sure that document is not copied or distributed and it can be marked with a watermark for easy identification. E.g. you might want to insert [DRAFT] or [SAMPLE] or [DO NOT COPY] or [FOR PREVIEW ONLY] as a transparent background of all the pages in a Writer document.

There are various ways to do it but below two processes which I feel are the most easiest and simple to implement a watermarking. The first process uses simple text as transparent background. The second process uses image as background.

Steps to Implement Watermark in Writer – Using Text

  • Open LibreOffice Writer document.
  • From menu, click Format > Watermark
Format - Watermark Menu

Format – Watermark Menu

  • In the Watermark window, enter the text which you want as watermark. Also choose, font, color and angle of the text (default angle is 45 deg). Press OK.
Watermark Dialog

Watermark Dialog

  • You can see the Watermark is added in your Writer document.
Text Watermark

Text Watermark


To remove the text watermark, open the Watermark dialog from Format menu and simply remove the text and click ok.


Steps to Implement Watermark in Writer – Using Image

  • Before you begin you need an image showing the text DRAFT or SAMPLE or any text you want. You can get lots of such images via a simple Google search (search in google with “watermark png”).
  • Open the LibreOffice Writer document where you want to implement the watermark.
  • From Menu click Format > Page.
Writer - Format - Page

Writer – Format – Page

  • In the Area tab > Bitmap section – under Bitmap list click on the Add/Import button.
Add Bitmap

Add Bitmap

  • Select image for Watermark and click Open. Give any name for external bitmap name window.
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  • While the uploaded image is selected in the bitmap list, under Options and Style choose Custom Positioning/Size and Position as Center.
Image Options

Image Options

  • On the Transparency tab, select the Transparency Mode as Transparency 50%.
Image Transparency - Watermark

Image Transparency – Watermark

  • Press Ok.
  • Now you can see the Watermark have been added in all the pages in your Writer document.
Writer - After Watermarking

Writer – After Watermarking

To remove the watermark or to modify follow the same steps above via Format > Page from the menu.


There are other ways to insert watermark in LibreOffice Writer but I feel that above two processes are the most easiest ones and can be quickly implemented for all the pages in your document.

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