PowerPoint provides twelve default Slide Background Styles. Apart from applying these default Styles, you can also change 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.
Follow these steps to change the background of your slides beyond the default Background Styles in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac:
- 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 blue within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Format Background button within the Design tab of the Ribbon
- Alternatively, right-click (or Ctrl + click) anywhere on an empty area of the slide to bring up the contextual menu. Within this menu, select the Format Background option, as shown in 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. Options listed below provide links to detailed tutorials:
- This option 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 for Mac tutorial.
- This option 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 2016 for Mac tutorial.
- This option 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 tutorials.
- Choose from 48 different patterns contained within PowerPoint. Learn more in our Pattern Fills for Slide Backgrounds tutorial.
- 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
- Click this button if you want changes made to be applied to all slides within the active presentation.
- 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 for Mac tutorial.
Figure 6: Reset Slide Background option within the Background Styles gallery
- Save your presentation.
A. Solid fill
B. Gradient fill
C. Picture or Texture fill
D. Pattern fill
E. Hide Background Graphics
F. Apply to All
G. Reset Background
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