Note: Watermarking is only available for Enterprise and Elite Box accounts. This feature is "on" globally by default and can be enabled at the file or folder level by users with editor permission levels and above. To disable this feature, please contact your Customer Success Manager. 

Note: Old Box Experience

This page refers to the old Box experience. In Box, hover over a single file or folder with your mouse. If the item looks like the following image, you are in the right place.


Files and folders should look like this when you hover over them.Files and folders should look like this when you hover over them.

If the item does not look like the image above, visit one of the links below instead:

Watermarking can help deter unauthorized re-sharing of sensitive information in your Box account. When you turn on watermarking for a file, it places a semi-transparent overlay of the current viewer's email address or IP address (depending on whether the viewer is logged in or not), as well as time of access across the document's contents
You must be an Owner, Co-Owner or Editor of a file or folder to set and remove a watermark.

To watermark an individual file:

  1. Right-click on the file, or click on the file's ellipses (...) menu, and navigate to Properties > Watermarking
  2. Check the box next to Enable watermarking for this file and click Save

To watermark all files in a folder:

  1. Click into the folder containing files you want to watermark.
  2. Click on the folder's ellipses (...) menu, to the right of the + New button, and navigate to Properties > Folder Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the section titled Watermarking. 
  4. Check the box next to Enable watermarking for this folder and click Save Changes.


Note: If watermarks do not appear on watermarked file images in Grid View, try clearing your cache.  



If watermarking is turned on for a file, all access levels will see the watermark when they preview the file. This allows the enabling users to validate that watermarking is turned on correctly. 
Watermarked files can still be edited by users that have permission to edit. Owners, Co-Owners, Editors, and Viewer-Uploaders can download the original file and make edits. Viewers will still see a watermark in a downloaded file.
You can use the table below to see how Previews and Downloads are handled for different access levels.  

Access Level 

File Preview

File Download


NOT Watermarked


NOT Watermarked


NOT Watermarked

Viewer Uploader

NOT Watermarked



Previewer Uploader

File Inaccessible 


File Inaccessible 


File Inaccessible 
File Inaccessible 
  • Box Notes, video, audio, flash, .msi, .exe, .zip and 3D files do not currently support watermarking. Turning this feature on will prevent Previewer Uploaders, Viewers and Previewers from viewing these file types.
  • Currently, watermarking is only supported on the Box webapp. Watermarking is not supported on Box mobile apps.
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