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Black and White Options for Photo Album Presentations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Change color pictures to black and white within your Photo Album in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. The amazing part is that you can also revert your photographs back to color with one click.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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There is no doubt if you are using a rich, vibrant colored picture than olde-worlde black and white for your presentation, the colored pictures will attract more attention. However, the visibility in terms of contrast is far superior in a black and white photo. Artists and photography purists have long hailed the black and white picture as a creative medium. You may want to extend this creative medium to your Photo Album presentations. Fortunately, a click or two is all that is required to create an inspirational black and white Photo Album in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:

  1. Open your existing Photo Album presentation, and choose the Insert tab | Photo Album | Edit Photo Album option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.
  2. The Edit Photo Album option
    Figure 1: Edit Photo Album option
  3. The Edit Photo Album dialog box opens, allowing you to edit the Photo Album (see Figure 2).
  4. Edit Photo Album dialog box
    Figure 2: Edit Photo Album dialog box
  5. Within the Picture Options section, select the ALL pictures black and white check-box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, below.
  6. ALL pictures black and white check-box selected
    Figure 3: ALL pictures black and white check-box selected
  7. As soon as the ALL pictures black and white check-box is selected, you'll notice that the preview box also shows a grayscale picture (highlighted in blue within Figure 3 above. Compare to the same picture preview in Figure 2, shown previously on this page).
  8. Click the Update button (highlighted in green within Figure 3) to apply the changes.
  9. Figure 4 shows the Photo Album presentation with all pictures converted into black and white (grayscale).
  10. Pictures converted to black and white
    Figure 4: Pictures converted to black and white
  11. Save your Photo Album presentation.
Tip: Want your old, color pictures back? That's easy. Access the Edit Photo Album dialog box, and uncheck the ALL pictures black and white check-box. Then, click the Update button!

See Also:

Photo Album: Black and White Options for Photo Album Presentations (Glossary Page)

Black and White Options for Photo Album Presentations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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