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Sensitivity labels let you classify and protect your organization's data, while making sure that people’s productivity and their ability to collaborate isn't hindered. Depending on your organization’s policies around sensitivity labels, content marks such as header and footer text or watermarks may be added to your document when a sensitivity label is applied. In the example below, adding the sensitivity label “Highly Confidential” added a watermark and a label in the header. 

Image showing "Highly Confidential" watermark

To minimize the disruption to existing document content, content marks are inserted in the header or footer with text wrapping so that you can quickly move them around with a mouse or arrow keys on your keyboard. Any overlapping text or other content will wrap around them. 

After a sensitivity label is applied to your document, you may want to adjust the positioning of your header or footer content or adjust the positioning of the content mark itself. Here are some tips to help ensure your document looks great. 

  1. Double-click the header or footer you want to edit, or select Header or Footer, and then select Edit Header or Edit Footer

    Image of More headers, Edit header, and remove header options

  2. Select the content you want to adjust.

  3. Select Layout Options

    Image of sentence fragment demonstrating layout options

  4. Select the layout you want. 

  5. When you're done, select Close Header and Footer or press Esc. 

    Image showing Close Header and Close Footer options


    In Line with Text puts the content in a paragraph, just as if it were text. The content will change position as text is added or removed. The other choices let you move the content around on the page, with text flowing around it. 

    If you don’t mind the content mark overlapping your content, you can select In Front of Text or Behind Text wrapping options. 

    If desired, you can make sure that the content stays in place as text is added or deleted: 

    Select the content. 

    Go to Shape Format or Format and select Wrap Text.  

    Choose Fix Position on Page. 

    For more info on text wrap options and wrap points, see Text wrapping options.

     For more on headers and footers, see Headers and Footers in Word

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