I’d like to add a watermark to my message which says “confidential” as an extra visual reminder.
Does Outlook hold such an option?
Outlook does not hold such an option, but you can create the watermark in a picture editing application and then set it as the background of your message.
Creating the watermark image
There is no need to get anything fancy, you can even use a combination of Word and Paint to get something nice quite quickly;
- Open Word and choose;
- Word 2007 or Word 2010
select the Page Layout tab and use the Watermark option
- Word 2003 and previous
Format-> Background-> Printed Watermark-> select Text watermark
To set it as your background in your message;
Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010
Create a new message-> tab Options-> button Page Color-> Fill Effects…-> tab Picture
Outlook 2003 and previous with Word as the email editor
Create a new message-> Format-> Background-> Fill Effects…-> tab Picture
Outlook 2003 and previous with Outlook as the email editor
Create a new message-> Format-> Background-> Picture…
Use the Page Color Fill Effects option to set a picture as a background.
You might also want to set the message’s sensitivity to Confidential. Open the “Message Options” or “Properties” dialog while composing and at the top you can set the sensitivity level. A quick way to bring up to the Properties dialog is by using the keyboard shortcut ALT+ENTER (don’t confuse this with CTRL+ENTER or you’ll end up sending the message).