Word 2016 - Watermark:  Odd Behavior as per Title Page

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I have a document with a title page followed by the content pages.  My page numbering starts with the first content page.  I have Different First Page checked in my Header & Footer Tools...

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The following happens when I insert a watermark (DRAFT).

1. I insert on the title page. Watermark does not appear on the content pages.
2. I insert on a content page. Watermark now appears on all content pages, but disappears from the title page.
3. I re-insert on the title page. Watermark now appears on the title page but disappears from the content pages.

I've attached a redacted doc with two content pages. It has the watermark on the title page only.

Thanks,
Steve
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Go to the second page and insert it again.
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Different First Page and/or Different Odd & Even Page implies that you must set each page separately!
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Paul,
It's already inserted on all pages. What was your fix? I did try to insert separately. But, it disappeared from title page when inserting on content page and vice versa...
Thanks,
Steve
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I opened your file in Word (2010) then I placed the cursor on the second page and clicked on the Page Layout tab ―> Page Background group ―> Watermark option ―> Custom Watermark I then selected Draft & clicked on OK...Watermark

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You may need to force the issue with VBA Google for "powerpluswatermark object" for background and examples.
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All,
Just signed off for the weekend. Thanks for your help, and will get back on it next week.
Steve
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@Paul,

Interesting. The difference maker seems to be doing it via CUSTOM WATERMARK, rather than selecting a watermark from the gallery.

FWIW, the above  is per Word 2016, where I needed to go to the DESIGN tab. FWIW2, the PAGE LAYOUT tab in 2010 is now (2016) called LAYOUT and I suspect has different functionality.

If you want, I can provide screenshots later...prepping for a client meeting at this time.

Thanks,
Steve
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Looks like you solved your own question. Obviously, I don't have Word 2016!
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Yeah, solved it, but with an assist from you per Custom Watermark...the rest = just semantics. :)

Don't you love how Microsoft moves things around / renames menu titles just for the sake of change? ;)

Will assign points later. Thanks again.
Don't get me started - have you seen the changes to the new mail app in Windows 10? Simply depressing!
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Nope...using Outlook...but does not surprise me. Hang in there...
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The difference maker SEEMS to be doing it via CUSTOM WATERMARK, rather than selecting a watermark from the gallery. No guarantees though.

The above  is per Word 2016, where I needed to go to the DESIGN tab. FYI:the PAGE LAYOUT tab in 2010 is now (2016) called LAYOUT and I suspect has different functionality.

Steve
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There you have it. Paul pointed me in the right direction, and I altered his directions per the different workflow in Word 2016 (he had 2010).

That said, I did not have time to confirm that using CUSTOM WATERMARK vs. the Gallery was the difference-maker.

Steve

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