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Part 4. Using PowerPoint > Task 13 How to Change the Slide Background

Task 13 How to Change the Slide Background

You can change the background of every slide in your presentation. Changing the background will give your slides a new look. You'll find plenty of options: Backgrounds can include color, texture, or patterns. Be sure to explore the options available to find just the right look you need. The Background dialog box lets you change the color of the background or add a fill effect, such as a gradient, pattern, or texture.

  1. Display the Shortcut Menu

    Display the slide you want to change (switch to Normal view so that you can clearly see the slide), right-click a blank area on the slide (don't right-click a slide object), and choose Background from the context menu.



  2. Open the Background Dialog Box

    From the Background dialog box that opens, click the drop-down arrow to display a list of other colors. If the background color you want to use is displayed, click it. If not, click the More Colors option to open the Colors dialog box.



  3. Choose a Color

    On the Standard tab of the Colors dialog box, select a color by clicking the color you want to use from the palette and then clicking OK.



  4. Apply the New Color

    To apply the color to the background of the current slide, click Apply in the Background dialog box. To apply the color to every slide in the presentation, click Apply to All.



  5. Choose Fill Effects

    If you'd prefer a background other than a solid color, click the Fill Effects option in the Background dialog box instead of More Colors (as shown in Step 2). The Fill Effects dialog box opens, where you can select from Gradient, Texture, Pattern, or Picture backgrounds. The Texture tab, shown here, contains quite a few interesting texture backgrounds you can apply. Select the fill effect you want to use and click OK.



  6. Apply a Texture

    Click the Apply button in the Background dialog box to apply the fill effect to the current slide; click Apply to All to apply the effect to every slide in the presentation. Here you can see that a new background texture has been applied to the slide.




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