Add or change a background color, fill pattern, or background graphic to slides

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  1. If you want to apply the change to selected slides only, select the slides in normal view. Otherwise, the change applies to all slides that follow the design template (design template: A file that contains the styles in a presentation, including the type and size of bullets and fonts; placeholder sizes and positions; background design and fill color schemes; and a slide master and optional title master.) of the currently selected slide.
  2. On the Format menu, click Background.
  3. Under Background fill, click the arrow below the image, and then do one of the following:

ShowSelect a color from the color scheme

  • Click one of the eight colors displayed.

ShowSelect a color outside the color scheme

  1. Click More Colors.
  2. Click the color you want on the Standard tab, or click the Custom tab to mix your own color, and then click OK.

ShowSelect a fill effect or picture

  • Click Fill Effects, and then do one of the following:
    • To use shading, click the Gradient tab, click a type under Colors, click a shading style, and then click OK.
    • To use a texture, click the Texture tab, click the texture you want or click Other Texture to select a file and insert it, then click OK.
    • To use a pattern, click the Pattern tab, select the pattern you want, select foreground and background colors, then click OK.
    • To use a picture, click the Picture tab, click Select Picture to find the picture file you want, click Insert, and then click OK.

ShowUse the background fill from the slide master

  • Click Automatic.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If you want to apply the background to selected slides, click Apply.
    • If you want to apply the background to all slides, click Apply to All.


If you want to hide the background graphics (background graphics: Any graphics on a slide, including drawing objects, patterns in a background fill, and pictures.) that are on the slide master, click the Omit background graphics from master check box.

Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003