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Solid Fills for Slide Backgrounds in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Apply solid fills to slide backgrounds in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher






After you have seen different slide background styles in PowerPoint 2007, now its time to explore them in detail one by one. In this tutorial we are going to show you how you can change the color of your presentation background in PowerPoint 2007.

To change the color of your Slide Background, follow these steps:

  1. Open a new PowerPoint 2007 presentation or open the presentation that you want to change the Slide Background color for. Select the Design tab of the Ribbon, within this tab, locate Background group and click the small arrow dialog launcher that you can see highlighted in red within Figure 1.

    Format Background dialog launcher in background group
    Figure 1: Format Background dialog launcher in background group
  2. This will open the Format Background dialog box that you can see in Figure 2. In this dialog box, make sure that Solid fill radio button is selected and click on the Color button that you can see highlighted in red (refer to Figure 2 again) to drop-down the color gallery.

    Format Background dialog box with Solid fill option selected
    Figure 2: Format Background dialog box with Solid fill option selected

    The options in Color gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, you'll need to choose any one of these options for the Slide Background color:

    A. Theme Colors:

    Here you can select any of the colors in the active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes here.

    B. Standard Colors:

    You can choose any of the ten standard colors available, 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 we'll show you in the next options, although it's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.

    C. Recent Colors:

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

    D. More Fill Colors:

    This option is to summon the Colors dialog box as shown in Figure 3. This dialog box has two tabs: Standard and Custom, first select the Standard tab (again, refer to Figure 3).

    Standard tab of the Colors dialog box
    Figure 3: Standard tab of the Colors dialog box

    This tab offers 127 colors in a honeycomb style palette, 14 gray shades, black and white. You can even change the transparency value of the selected color in the Transparency slider below. If you want more color choices, then select the Custom tab of the same dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.

    Custom tab of the Colors dialog box
    Figure 4: Custom tab of the Colors dialog box

    In this tab, you can chose any color from the spectrum and later adjust the selected color's luminosity with the slider on the right. You can even enter specific values of RGB and HSL to create a specific color, all these combinations provide 16 million color choices!

    Again, you can even change the transparency value of the selected color in the Transparency slider below.

    Choose any color and click OK to get back to Format Background dialog box.
  3. After selecting the color if you want to apply it only to the current slide, click Close button in the Format Background dialog box. If you want to apply it to the entire presentation, click Apply to All button (refer to Figure 2 above).
  4. Remember to save your presentation often.

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