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Chapter 17. Creating a Presentation > To change the background color or fill ef...

To change the background color or fill effects

1.
If you intend to apply a background color or fill effect to only a specific slide in the presentation, display or select that slide.

When you're applying the color or fill effect to all slides in the presentation, the specific slide displayed doesn't matter.

2.
Choose Format > Slide Background.

The Background dialog box appears.

3.
Do one of the following:

  • Choose a color from the ones shown in the drop-down menu (Figure 17.34)

    Figure 17.34. You can set a solid fill color or a fill effect using this drop-down menu.


  • Choose More Colors to select a color using a color picker (Figure 17.35).

    Figure 17.35. Select a color picker, choose a color, and click OK.


  • Choose Fill Effects. Select the desired features from the Fill Effects dialog box (Figure 17.36). Click OK when you're done.

    Figure 17.36. Select fill effect settings, such as a gradient, texture, or pattern fill.


If you selected a color, some fill effects will be applied to that color.

4.
Optional: To preview the chosen color and effects in the current slide, click the Preview button.

5.
Do one of the following:

  • To apply the color and effects to only the displayed slide, click Apply.

  • To apply them to all slides in the presentation, click Apply to All.

✓ Tips

  • Another way to apply a background color and fill effects to all slides in a presentation is to add them to the slide master.

  • Using the Background dialog box, you can also insert an image as a background. Choose Fill Effects from the drop down-menu, click the Picture tab, and click the Select Picture button (Figure 17.37). In the Choose a Picture dialog box, select an image and click Insert. Click OK (Figure 17.38).

    Figure 17.37. To use a photo or other image as a background, click the Picture tab, and click Select Picture.

    Figure 17.38. A traditional Windows XP desktop makes an unusual presentation background.



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