Change Background Styles for Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to apply Background Styles to individual Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7, 8, and 10
When you change Background Styles within the Slide Master, the Background Style for all dependent Slide Layouts will change. However, it is not necessary for all your Slide Layouts to possess the same Background Style as the Slide Master -- or even another Slide Layout. Each Layout can have its own independent Background Style, as you will learn in the rest of this tutorial -- follow these steps to learn more in PowerPoint 2013:
- Launch PowerPoint. You will see the Presentation
Gallery -- here, select the Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new
slide. Typically the blank presentation has Office Theme applied. If your presentation
is using another Theme, apply the Office Theme since this is a basic and clean Theme
that lends itself best to changes and edits that we discuss later in this tutorial. If you do not know
how to apply a Theme, explore our
Applying Themes in PowerPoint,
Word, and Excel 2013 tutorial.
Figure 1: Blank presentation with Office Theme applied
- Now, access the View tab of the
Ribbon and click the
Slide Master button, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 2: Slide Master button
- This opens the Slide
Master view, as shown in Figure 3. In Slide Master view, you'll see that the left
pane contains two distinctly different elements: a larger thumbnail representing the
Slide Master (highlighted in red within
Figure 3) and several smaller slide thumbnails below representing individual
Slide Layouts (highlighted in blue within
Figure 3: Slide Master and Slide Layouts within PowerPoint
Note: In hierarchy terms, Slide Layouts are dependent for their appearance on the Slide Master although you can individually override these dependencies.
- Now, select any of the Slide Layout(s) for which you want to change the Background Style -- for
this tutorial we have selected the Title Slide Layout --the orange highlight around the layout thumbnail indicates that it has been selected, as shown in Figure 4. Next, click the Background Styles button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 4: Background Styles button within Slide Master view
- This brings up the Background Styles drop-down gallery with 12 default slide
background styles (highlighted in red within Figure 5). Click on the style of your
choice to apply it to the selected Slide Layout. In Figure 5, you can see
Style 11 being selected. Also you can see a
live preview of the Background Style being selected on the active slide.
Figure 5: Background Styles drop-down gallery
Note: These 12 default styles change when you apply a different Theme to your presentation. Also, do you see the Format Background and Reset Slide Background options (highlighted in blue within Figure 5, above) below the Background Style thumbnails? These options are explained in our Custom Backgrounds in the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. In the same tutorial, we also explain the Reset Slide Background option, which is used to reset the slide background to it original status, on a particular slide layout.
- This will apply the selected background style to the selected Slide Layout, as shown in
Figure 6 (compare with Figure 4 shown earlier on this page). Note that any
changes you made to the Slide Layout do not influence the Slide Master or even any other Slide Layout.
However, if you change the Background Style of the Slide Master now, that will reset the Background
Styles of all Slide Layouts irrespective of any changes you may have made to them individually.
Figure 6: Background Style applied to the Title Slide Layout
- Click either the Close Master View button (highlighted in red within Figure 6, above). This will get you back to
Normal view, where you
can see the new Background Style applied to your slide. Note that for this tutorial we selected the
Title Layout within the Slide Master view -- now within the
Normal view, you can see the changed background slide since the first slide of a
presentation typically uses the Title Layout.
- Save your presentation often.
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