Change Background Styles in the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to change Background Styles within the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7, 8, and 10
In PowerPoint 2013, the Slide Master influences the layout and look of all slides in your presentation. One of the changes you can make to your Slide Master is applying the Background Style so that all slide layouts and actual slides in your presentation use a different slide background. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can choose from any of the 12 available Background Styles to apply to the Slide Master.
Follow these steps to learn more:
- Launch PowerPoint. You will see the
Gallery here. Select the Blank Presentation option 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. Here, within the left pane you'll find
one large slide thumbnail that represents the Slide Master which has been selected within Figure 3 (indicated by the orange highlight), and the several smaller slide
thumbnails below represent individual
For now, do understand that changes made to the Slide Master influence its Slide Layouts -- and in turn,
this influences all slides within your presentation that are following that Slide Master.
Figure 3: Slide Master view
Note: In hierarchy terms, Slide Layouts are dependent for their appearance on the Slide Master although you can individually override these dependencies.
- Now, make sure that the Slide Master is in selected status as shown in
Figure 3, above and click the Background Styles button (highlighted
in blue within Figure 3).
- This brings up the Background Styles drop-down gallery with 12 default slide
background styles shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
Click on the style of your choice to apply it to the Slide Master. In Figure 4, you can
see the Style 11 being selected. Also, you can see a
live preview of the
Background Style being selected on the active slide.
Figure 4: 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 4) below the Background Style thumbnails? These options are explained in our Custom Backgrounds in the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. The Reset Slide Background option is meant for individual Slide Layouts -- it 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 Slide Master and all the Slide Layouts
belonging to the selected Slide Master as well, as shown in Figure 5
(compare with Figure 3 shown earlier on this page).
Figure 5: Background Style changed within the Slide Master view
- Click the Close Master View button on the Slide Master tab of the
Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 5, above). This will get you back to Normal view, where you can
see the new Background Style applied to all your slides.
- Save your presentation often.
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