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Office Background in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to change the Office Background in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. The Office background is like a patterned wallpaper for your Ribbon, and you may want to remove it altogether.

While working in PowerPoint and other Office applications, you will see the concept of “Office Background”, which essentially indicates the small image strip visible on the top right area of the program interface. In Figure 1 below, you can see the PowerPoint 2016 interface with Office Background applied. It does look like PowerPoint just got tattooed!


Figure 1: Office Background applied to PowerPoint 2016 interface

By default, these image strips are not turned on. We show you how you can enable and change the "Office Backgrounds" image strips in this tutorial. There are fourteen such strips that provide a touch of personalization to the software suite experience. Frankly, we are quite happy with the default no-image-strip option but we agree that they can be fun to explore! Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Open a presentation in PowerPoint 2016. Choose the File menu to bring up the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 1. Now, select Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).

  2. Figure 2: PowerPoint Backstage view
  3. This brings up the PowerPoint Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. Make sure that General option is selected within the sidebar (highlighted in red within Figure 3). On the right side of the dialog box locate the Office Background option (highlighted in blue within Figure 3) within the Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section.

  4. Figure 3: PowerPoint Options dialog box


  5. Now, click the downward pointing arrow next to the Office Background selection box to bring up a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 4.

  6. Figure 4: Office Background drop-down list
  7. Note that No Background option is selected by default (refer to Figure 4). You can choose one of the fourteen available backgrounds, and click the OK button. We selected Calligraphy. The selected background graphic will appear as a tattoo-like pattern on the top right corner of PowerPoint application window, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 5.

  8. Figure 5: Calligraphy background images added within PowerPoint Interface
  9. Choose the Office Background you want for your PowerPoint interface. Be aware though that the same background will show up on all of your Office applications. Below are screenshots of all the fifteen background images (including the No Background option) giving you an idea of how your interface will look like:
  10. No Background
  11. Calligraphy
  12. Circles and Stripes
  13. Circuit
  14. Clouds
  15. Doodle Circles
  16. Doodle Diamonds
  17. Geometry
  18. Lunchbox
  19. School Supplies
  20. Spring
  21. Stars
  22. Straws
  23. Tree Rings
  24. Underwater
  25. To turn off a previously selected background, you can follow the same steps, and in Step 3, select the No Background option. To change the background, you can also choose another image strip.

See Also:

Interface Overview: Office Background in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Office Background in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows