An attractive image or company watermark can make a nice background for your presentation. But if you want to remove that background and use your own or none at all, there are two ways to do it in Microsoft PowerPoint.
The right background is an important part of your slideshow. You want something that enhances your presentation without distracting from the content. Unfortunately, you may have been given a template created by someone else that contains a background you don’t want, such as an image or watermark. Here’s how to remove it.
Remove a background using the Design tab
One way to remove the background from your PowerPoint presentation is to use the Design tab. You can use this option to change individual or all slides.
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Open your presentation and select the slide you want to change. If you plan to change them all, you can select any slide.
Go to the Design tab and click “Format Background” in the Customize section of the Ribbon.
When the Format Background sidebar opens, select the Fill tab.
Expand the Fill section and highlight the Solid Fill option. You can also choose another option if you want to use a gradient or pattern fill.
Choose the color for the background using the drop-down list to the right of Color. Optionally, you can adjust the Transparency slider.
To change all slides to the new background, click “Apply to All” at the bottom of the sidebar.
Remove a background by changing the master
Another way to remove the background from the image is to change the master slide. Instantly replaces the background for all slides in the presentation.
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Open your presentation and go to the View tab. Click “Slide Master” in the Master Views section of the ribbon.
You will then be automatically taken to the Slide Master tab. Select the master slide on the left with number 1.
Click the Background Styles drop-down arrow in the Background section of the Ribbon. Choose one of the styles to replace the image or watermark background. You can move your cursor over any option to see a preview on your slide. Click on the one you want.
You can also select “Format Background” from the list to open the sidebar and choose the background style or a different color from there.
You will see all the slides on the left below the main slide update to the new background.
If you have more than one master in your presentation that contains the background image, you can do the same for the additional master slide(s). Click “Close Master View” when you’re done.
A pleasant background can certainly enhance a presentation. But if you get an image or watermark that you don’t want, you can easily change it.
For more information, see How to Create a Custom Template in PowerPoint.