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Office Background in PowerPoint 2013

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8



Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to change the Office Background in PowerPoint 2013.






Besides many other new features, PowerPoint 2013's most noticeable cosmetic change is its user interface. Additionally, PowerPoint 2013 (and all other applications of Office 2013) now introduces the concept of “Office Background”, which essentially is the small image strips visible on the top right area of the program interface, as shown in Figure 1 below. Looks like PowerPoint just got tattooed?

The Office Background
Figure 1: The Office Background

Note: When used within Windows 8, PowerPoint 2013 no longer shows translucent interface elements so that it matches to flat look of that OS. However PowerPoint 2013 does show translucent interface elements in Windows 7, if you have enabled the Aero display engine.

Don't see any patterned image strip? No worries -- by default, these image strips are not turned on -- we show you how you can enable and change the "Office Backgrounds" image strips later in this tutorial. In addition, there are fourteen such strips that provide a touch of personalization to the software suite experience. Frankly, we are quite happy with the default no-image-strip option but we agree that they can be fun to explore! Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Choose the File menu to bring up the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 1. Now, select Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).

    PowerPoint Backstage view
    Figure 2: PowerPoint Backstage view

  2. This brings up the PowerPoint Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. Make sure that General option is selected within the sidebar. On the right side of the dialog box locate the Office Background option (highlighted in red within Figure 3) within the Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section.

    PowerPoint Options dialog box
    Figure 3: PowerPoint Options dialog box

  3. Now, click the downward pointing arrow next to the Office Background selection box to bring up a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 4.

    Office Background drop-down list
    Figure 4: Office Background drop-down list

    Note that No Background option is selected by default (refer to Figure 4). You can however choose any one of the fourteen available backgrounds such as Calligraphy, and click the OK button. The selected background graphic will appear as a small, tattoo-like pattern on the top right corner of PowerPoint application window, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5.

    Calligraphy background images added within PowerPoint Interface
    Figure 5: Calligraphy background images added within PowerPoint Interface

  4. Choose the Office Background you want for your PowerPoint interface -- be aware though that the same background will show up on all of your Office applications. Below are screenshots of all the fourteen background images giving you an idea of how your interface will look like:

    No Background
    No Background

    Calligraphy
    Calligraphy

    Circles and Stripes
    Circles and Stripes

    Circuit
    Circuit

    Clouds
    Clouds

    Doodle Circles
    Doodle Circles

    Doodle Diamonds
    Doodle Diamonds

    Geometry
    Geometry

    Lunchbox
    Lunchbox

    School Supplies
    School Supplies

    Spring
    Spring

    Stars
    Stars

    Straws
    Straws

    Tree Rings
    Tree Rings

    Underwater
    Underwater


  5. If you want, you can follow the same steps, and in Step 3,select the No Background option to turn off the Office Background – or, you can also choose another image strip.

 

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