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Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apply solid fills to slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Solid color fills for slide backgrounds benefit from a large expanse of just one color.

PowerPoint 2010 for Windows provides umpteen options for your slide backgrounds. While our earlier Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows tutorial provided a generic walkthrough on changing the slide background, this tutorial builds up on the techniques and steps you learned in that tutorial. In this tutorial, we explore solid fills for your slide backgrounds:

  1. We assume you have created a new presentation, or you have opened one of your existing presentations. We also assume that you have summoned the Format Background dialog box, as explained in the aforementioned Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows tutorial. Alternatively, just right-click in an empty area of your slide and choose the Format Background option in the resultant contextual menu to bring up the same dialog box.
  2. In the Format Background dialog box, make sure that the Fill panel is active in the sidebar. Then, select the Solid fill radio button, as shown highlighted in red in Figure 1.

  3. Figure 1: Solid fill radio button selected within the Format Background dialog box
  4. Click the Color button (highlighted in blue in Figure 1, above) to open the Color drop-down gallery shown in Figure 2.

  5. Figure 2: Color drop-down gallery within the Format Background dialog box
  6. The options in this gallery are explained below. Choose any one of these options for the Slide Background fill:
  7. A. Automatic

  8. Uses the default background color of the Theme applied to the presentation.
  9. B. Theme Colors

  10. Here, you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints (lighter color variations) or shades (darker color variations) for any Theme color.
  11. C. Standard Colors

  12. Here you can choose from any of the ten standard colors. These ten standard colors are just choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. You don't have to limit yourself to either the Theme colors or Standard colors, as you will learn in the next two options. Note that it's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.


  13. D. Recent Colors

  14. Here, you can find the colors most recently used. If you have just launched PowerPoint and created a new presentation, this option may be entirely absent since you haven't selected any color recently!
  15. E. More Colors

  16. This option is to summon the Colors dialog box, which helps you to create your own new color to use as a background fill. To learn more about how to work with the More Colors option, read our Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows tutorial. Explore step 4E in that tutorial.
  17. Choose any of the options as explained in the preceding step. Thereafter, apply the selected solid color fill to your slides by clicking either:
  18. The Close button to fill selected slides in the presentation with the selected color. If you don't have multiple slides selected, the solid color will be applied to the active slide only.
  19. The Apply to All button to fill all slides in the presentation with the selected color.
  20. More details about the Close and Apply to All buttons can be found in our Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows tutorial.
  21. In Figure 3 below, you can see the slide background of the entire presentation is filled with green solid color.

  22. Figure 3: Presentation with a solid fill color background
  23. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Fills for Slide Background: Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds (Glossary Page)

Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac