Change slide backgrounds

PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Every theme includes a background. The background can be plain white, a solid or gradient color fill, a texture or pattern fill, or a picture. When you change to a different theme, the background is replaced.

Background colors are defined by theme colors. Therefore, if you change the theme color scheme, PowerPoint updates the background to reflect the new theme colors.

If you like a particular theme with its color scheme and fonts, but you want a different background, you can quickly apply a different background to all slides or to a selection of one or more slides.

  1. On the Design tab, in Customize, click Format Background.

    Screenshot shows the Customize group with the options for Slide Size and Format Background.
  2. Select among the Solid, Gradient, Picture or Texture, or Pattern fill options to create the background style that you want.

    Settring the background format

  3. Select Apply to All.

  1. On the View menu, click Normal, and then in the navigation pane, click the slide or slides that you want to change.

  2. On the Design tab, in Customize, click Format Background.

  3. Click Fill, and then click the Solid, Gradient, Picture or Texture, or Pattern option.

  4. Choose the background fills that you want.

Note: To later remove custom backgrounds and apply the default background for the theme to all slides, click the Solid fill option in Format Background. On the Theme Colors pop-up menu, click Automatic, and then click Apply All.

  1. On the Design tab, in Customize, click Format Background.

  2. Click Solid fill, click Color and then select the white background in Theme Colors.

    PowerPoint for Mac Solid Fill
  3. Select Apply to All.

Tip: If you have trouble removing the background using the previous steps, see Hide background graphics on a slide.

  1. On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Background.

    Themes tab, Theme Options group

  2. Select the background style that you want.

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide or slides that you want to change.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide. To select multiple slides, hold down COMMAND  as you click the slides. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Background.

    Themes tab, Theme Options group

  3. On the pop-up menu, click Format Background.

  4. In the sidebar, click Fill, and then click the Solid, Gradient, Picture or Texture, or Pattern tab.

  5. Choose the background fills that you want.

    Note: To later remove custom backgrounds and apply the default background for the theme to all slides, click the Solid tab. On the Color pop-up menu, click Automatic, and then click Apply All.

  1. On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Background.

    Themes tab, Theme Options group

  2. Click the white background style.

    Tip: If you have trouble removing the background using the previous steps, see Hide background graphics on a slide.

See Also

Add the same image or watermark to every slide

Animate the background of your slides in PowerPoint for Mac

Change or remove a theme in Office for Mac

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