Change the background color of your slides

If you decide that you want more contrast between the background and the text on your slides, you can change the background colors to a different gradient or solid color.

To apply a solid color to your background, do the following:

  1. Right-click the slide that you want to add a background color to and then click Format Background > Solid fill.

    Tip:  When you right-click the slide, make sure you're not clicking inside a text or other placeholder.

  2. Select Color, and then choose the color that you want.

    Solid color background

    Tip:  To use a background color that is not in the theme colors, select More Colors, and then either pick a color on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. It should be noted that custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme.

  3. To change the background transparency, move the Transparency slider.
    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To apply the color to the slides that you selected, select Close.

    • To apply the color to all of the slides in your presentation, select Apply to All.

To apply a gradient color to the background of your slides, do the following:

  1. Right-click the slide that you want to add a gradient background color to and then select Format Background > Gradient fill.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To use the preset color, type, and direction gradients, click Preset gradients, and then select an option.

      Preset gradients

  3. To customize your gradient color scheme, do the following:

    • Under Gradient stops, select the first gradient stop (labeled as 1 in the diagram below).

    • Click the Color down arrow, and select a Theme color or a Standard color.

      Change the color of each gradient stop

      Tip:  Select More Colors for more standard color choices, or to create a custom color.

    • To adjust gradient color coverage, click and drag the stops to the right or left. Or you can set incremental percentages by moving the Position up and down to a percentage that you want.

    • Do the same thing for any other gradient stops (there are 4 shown in the example diagram above).

  4. Adjust the Brightness as needed.

  5. To change the background transparency, move the Transparency slider.
    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

  6. Do one of the following:

    • To apply the gradient color to only the slides that you selected, click Close.

    • To apply the gradient color to all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

More information about slide backgrounds and watermark:

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