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How to Change the Background of a PowerPoint Slide

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When you’re working with PowerPoint slides or an overall theme, there’s a good chance you will want to change the background from the standard white to something more customized.

It’s a great way to add visual interest to your PowerPoint presentation.

Backgrounds come in a few styles: solid, gradient, picture or texture, and pattern.

To change the background of a slide or slides, follow the instructions in the video above, or:

1. Go to the DESIGN tab.

2. Click the Format Background button.

3. In the Format Background Pane that appears, select the type of fill for your slide background. It will immediately apply to the slide (no need to click an option like “apply.”)

4. Depending on your choice, modify the additional options. For example, if you choose a gradient fill, you can modify the type, direction, angle, gradient stops, transparency, and so on.

5. Select Reset Background if you’d like to remove the background formatting. Select Apply to All if you want to apply your choices to all slides in the presentation.

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