Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Word document Draft stamp

There's a little piece of info that keeps slipping from my mind because I don't use it very often, and that is how to mark a Word document as a draft. 

Once I remind myself of how to do it, is not a difficult thing. But for some reason, I simply don't remember. The process of doing this simply does not stay with me. It is staying as explicit knowledge instead of transferring into implicit. My solution, as is usually the way, is to write a blog post, so I can look it up when I need it.

Part of my recall lapse is, I think, remembering what this function is called. I think of it as a stamp, or a mark; whereas it is called a watermark. 

So, to mark a Word document as a draft, the process for Word 2010 is:
  1. Go to the Page Layout tab (this is Design in Word 2013+)
  2. In the Page Background Section, select Watermark
  3. The Watermark dropdown box, select Custom Watermark
  4. Tick the Text Watermark box and enter the required text, change to your chosen settings (font, layout, size, colour, and orientation), then apply, and OK.
For Word 2013+,  the process is:
  1. Go to the Design tab
  2. In the Insert Watermark dialog box which appears, select Text 
  3. Choose Draft from the list
  4. Change to your chosen settings (font, layout, size, colour, and orientation), then apply, and OK.
Hopefully that helps me to remember, and may be useful to others :-)


Sam

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