The Google Workspace Update blog reported that Google Workspace customers will now be able to add custom watermarks to a Google Doc and even customize background text markers/identifiers.

The ‘Watermark’ tab in the ‘Insert’ drop-down allows users to choose an image as their watermark or type their own custom watermark in the new ‘text’ tab.

Google said the text watermarks would repeat on every page in the document to indicate its status before it can be shared, no matter what app is used. Image watermarks are supported and can be put above or behind the text.

Rolling out

In September, Google introduced the watermark feature, but users could only add image watermarks. The latest update makes it easier for users to customize what they want the watermark to communicate. The company also said it would preserve the watermarks even when users export or import the files. The new update is still rolling out and will reach all Google Workspace customers and G Suite Basic and Business users. The feature will also be availed to users in the Rapid Release domains within the next two weeks.

Scheduled release domain rollout will start on Valentine’s Day and could take up to 15 days to update.

Microsoft did it years ago

Microsoft has provided users with text and image watermark capabilities for years now. Users can even add a watermark within an email using outlook. Google updates Google Workspace apps regularly to add new and useful features. Recently, we have seen the ability to do a presentation in Google Meet from Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, new font types that help with vision-impaired users, and the Smart Reply function to reply to Google Comments faster in Docs.