PowerPoint 2016 provides twelve
default Slide Background Styles, much like the previous
two versions. Apart from these Styles, you can continue changing the default Slide Background to something else such as a solid color or gradient, a
pattern or a texture, or, even a picture. In this tutorial, we'll explore these options that can be accessed within the
Format Background Task Pane.
Any changes you make beyond the
12 Background Styles
are changes that override the
of your presentation. To get back to the defaults, just choose any one of the 12
Background Styles again -- this effectively acts as a Reset
Follow these steps to change the background of your slides beyond the default Background Styles:
- Create a new presentation or open an existing presentation. Select the Design tab of the
Ribbon, and click the Format Background button, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Format Background button within the Design tab of the Ribbon
Alternatively, right-click anywhere on an empty area of the slide to get a contextual menu. Within this menu select Format Background
option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Format Background option
- This brings up the Format Background Task Pane, as
shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Format Background Task Pane
Options within the Format Background Task Pane are explained below, as marked in Figure 3. You can use any of
these options to change your Slide Background -- the options listed below provide links to detailed tutorials:
- Solid fill: Adds a solid color background to your slide -- you can use any of the
Theme colors, Standard colors, or any other color of your choice. To learn more about this option,
read our Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in
PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.
- Gradient fill: Applies a gradient as a slide background -- a gradient is a blend of two or more colors merging into each other.
For more information on this option, refer to our
Gradient Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint
- Picture or Texture fill: Allows you to use a picture or a texture as a background. More info can be found in our
Picture Fills for Slide Backgrounds and
Texture Fills for Slide Backgrounds
- Pattern fill: Choose from 48 different patterns contained within PowerPoint. Learn more in our
Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds
- Hide Background Graphics: If your Slide Background includes graphics which you want to hide for printing purposes, or another
reason, you can select this check-box. Although the background graphics will remain part of your presentation, it will be hidden from view. Compare
Figures 4 and 5 below to understand the difference this option makes to the visual look of your slides.
Figure 4: Slide background with Hide Background Graphics check-box deselected
Figure 5: Slide background with Hide Background Graphics check-box selected
- Apply to All: Click this button if you want changes made to be applied to all slides within the active presentation.
- Reset Background: If you want to abandon all changes you made to the Slide Background, click the Reset Background
button. Note that this button will be grayed out unless you make some changes to the Slide Background.
You will also find this option within the Background Styles gallery with a different name - Reset Slide Background
(highlighted in red within Figure 6). To learn how to access the Background Styles gallery, refer to our Slide Background Styles in PowerPoint 2016
Figure 6: Reset Slide Background option within the Background Styles gallery
- Save your presentation.
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