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Workaround for Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Explore a workaround for picture backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. We use the clipboard to paste changes made in the picture backgrounds.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

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We have already shown you how you can apply picture fills as slide backgrounds. All 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 Picture Corrections and Color Options for Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows and Artistic Effects for Picture Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows pages. Until future updates restore the options back, you can follow the workaround explained on this page, all within PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.

  1. Instead of applying a picture as a background, just insert it within your slide, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Picture inserted on slide
    Figure 1: Picture inserted on slide
  3. Now, make all the necessary adjustments such as: Picture Corrections, Artistic Effects, Changing Color, etc. Figure 2, below shows some adjustment made to the picture inserted earlier.
  4. Picture with adjustments made
    Figure 2: Picture with adjustments made
  5. 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.
  6. Picture moved out of actual slide
    Figure 3: Picture moved out of actual slide
  7. Right-click on the slide and from the resultant menu, choose the Format Background option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3 above.
  8. This opens the Format Background Task Pane 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).
  9. Format Background Task Pane
    Figure 4: Format Background Task Pane
  10. This will paste the picture in the clipboard as a background picture, as shown in Figure 5.
  11. Picture pasted as background picture
    Figure 5: Picture pasted as background picture
  12. You can hereafter optionally delete the picture on the original slide.
  13. Remember to save your presentation often.

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