Free background templates for PowerPoint 2007

You can create memorable and attractive PowerPoint 2007 presentations with the professionally-designed slides in this free template. Use the picture, shape,and graphic effects in these slides to add colorful, elegant, or playful backgrounds to your presentation.

Download the backgrounds template

Click here to download the backgrounds template for PowerPoint 2007.

Look in the Slide Notes! Each slide includes instructions to help you customize these slides or even re-create them yourself.

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Slides in the backgrounds template

Slide name Slide Picture
Faded background picture Faded background picture
Round bullet pattern Round bullet pattern
Square bullet pattern Square bullet pattern
Transparent light effect Transparent light effect
Lace background Lace background
Half-circle picture with accent arcs Half-circle picture with accent arcs
Picture with multi-colored tint Picture with multi-colored tint
Diffused arches Diffused arches
Faded picture background with full-color overlay Faded picture background with full-color overlay
Darkened picture background with full-color circle Darkened picture background with full-color circle
Recolored picture background with transparent overlay Recolored picture background with transparent overly R

Slide examples were designed by Julie Terberg. Julie is a PowerPoint MVP, professional presentation designer, and principal of Terberg Design. All photographs in these slides are courtesy of Bill Staples.

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Use this PowerPoint template to start a new presentation

You can use the backgrounds template that you downloaded as the starting point for a new presentation. If you have to apply this template to a new presentation at a later date, do the following:

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click New.
  2. In the New Presentation dialog box, under Templates, click My Templates.
  3. On the My Templates tab, click the template titled "Backgrounds for PowerPoint slides," and then click OK.

 Tip   You may want to use only a few of the slides from the template in your brand new presentation. To remove the other slides from your presentation, press and hold CTRL, click the slides that you don't want, and then press DELETE.

 Note   After you download the template, it should open as a new presentation that you can immediately start working with.

For more information on how to apply a template to a new presentation, see the article Use a template to create a new presentation.

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Add a slide from this template to an existing presentation

You can add any of the slides from the backgrounds template to an existing Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation either by copying and pasting slides from the template into your presentation or by inserting the slides directly into your presentation.

Copy and paste these slides into your presentation

  1. Open this template, named "Backgrounds for PowerPoint slides," from file.

 Note   The default location on your computer to which this template is downloaded is C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates. If you downloaded the template to a different location on your computer, open the template from there.

  1. In the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, click the Slides tab.
  1. Select the slide or slides that you want to copy from this template by doing one of the following:
    • To select a single slide, click it.
    • To select multiple sequential slides, click the first slide, press SHIFT, and then click the last slide that you want to select.
    • To select multiple nonsequential slides, press CTRL, and then click each slide that you want to select.
  2. Right-click one of the selected slides, and then click Copy.
  3. In the destination presentation, on the Slides tab, right-click the slide that you want your copied slides to follow, and then click Paste.

To keep the slide effect and background design of the copied slides, click the Paste Options button Button image, which appears near the pasted slides on the Outline or Slides tab in Normal view, or in the Slides pane, and then click Keep Source Formatting.

For more information on how to copy and paste slides, see the article Copy and paste your slides.

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Insert these slides into your presentation

  1. Open the presentation that you want to add a slide to.
  2. In the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, click Slides, and then click where you want to add a slide.
  3. On the Home tab, in the Slides group, click New Slide, and then click Reuse Slides.
  4. In the Reuse Slides pane, click Open a PowerPoint File.
  5. In the Browse dialog box, locate and select this template that you downloaded, named "Backgrounds for PowerPoint slides", and then click Open.

 Note   The default location on your computer to which this template is downloaded is C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates. If you downloaded the template to a different location on your computer, open the template from there.

  1. In the Reuse Slides pane, do one of the following:

 Note   If you want the slide that you are adding to the destination presentation to maintain the formatting of the original template, select the Keep source formatting check box before you add the slide to the destination presentation.

  • To add a single slide, click the slide.
  • To add all of the slides, right-click any slide, and then click Insert All Slides.

For more information on how to reuse slides from other presentations, see the article Add a slide from another presentation file.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007