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.

 Tip    When you right-click the slide, ensure that you are not clicking inside a text or other placeholder.

  1. In the Format Background pane, click Solid fill.
  2. Click Color, and then click the color that you want.

Solid color background

 Tip    To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. However, custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

  1. To change the background transparency (transparency: The quality that defines how much light passes through an object's pixels. If an object is 100 percent transparent, light passes through it completely and renders the object invisible; in other words, you can see through the object.), move the Transparency slider.
    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To apply the color to the slides that you selected, click Close.
    • To apply the color to all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

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

Example of a gradient slide background

  1. Right-click the slide that you want to add a gradient background color to and then click Format Background.
  2. In the Format Background pane, click Gradient fill.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To use the preset color, type, and direction gradients, click Preset gradients, and then select an option.

Preset gradients

  • To customize your gradient color scheme, do the following:
  1. Under Gradient stops, click the first gradient stop (labeled as 1 in the diagram below).
  2. Click the Color down arrow, and select a Theme color or a Standard color.

    Change the color of each gradient stop

 Tip    Click More Colors to access more standard colors, or you can create a custom color.

  1. To adjust gradient color coverage, click and drag the stops to the right or left. Or you can set incremental percentages by clicking the Position up and down arrows to a percentage that you want.
  2. For any other gradient stops (there are 4 shown in the example diagram above), click each gradient stop, and then follow steps ‘a’ through ‘c’.
  1. Adjust the Brightness as needed.
  2. To change the background transparency (transparency: The quality that defines how much light passes through an object's pixels. If an object is 100 percent transparent, light passes through it completely and renders the object invisible; in other words, you can see through the object.), move the Transparency slider.
    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).
  3. 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:

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2013