Workaround for Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013
Explore a workaround for pictures backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
We have already shown you how you can
apply picture fills as slide backgrounds -- all the picture format options which can be applied on
a picture also works for a picture background. Unfortunately, once you apply Office 2013's Service Pack
1, many of the picture format options for picture backgrounds stop working. Some of these techniques are
explained in our
Corrections and Color Options for Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 and
for Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 pages. Until future updates restore the options
back, you can follow the workaround explained on this page -- all within
- Instead of applying a picture as a background, just
insert it within
your slide, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Picture inserted on slide
- Now, make all the necessary adjustments such as:
etc. Figure 2, below shows some adjustment made to the picture inserted earlier.
Figure 2: Picture with adjustments made
- Now, drag the selected picture to the slide workspace, as shown in Figure 3. Then
with your picture still selected, press the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut to copy this
picture to the clipboard.
Figure 3: Picture moved out of actual slide
- Right-click on the slide and from the resultant menu, choose the Format Background
option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3 above.
- This opens the Format Background
where you can see the Fill option (highlighted in red
within Figure 4) already selected. Here, select the
Picture or texture fill radio button (highlighted in blue
within Figure 4) -- a few more options appear that you can see in
Figure 4. Now, click the Clipboard button (highlighted in
green within Figure 4).
Figure 4: Format Background Task Pane
- This will paste the picture in the clipboard as a background picture, as shown in
Figure 5: Picture pasted as background picture
- You can hereafter optionally delete the picture on the original slide.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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