Technology offers a lot of tools to help you design and present visually attractive work. But you don’t need to be a professional designer or have pricey, complicated software to give your work the style it deserves. PowerPoint has many built-in tools that make editing photos and images a breeze.

The Remove Background feature in PowerPoint 2016 helps you eliminate distracting backgrounds so the important parts of your image are front-and-center. In a few simple steps, you can create praiseworthy presentations and nobody will ever know you did all that fancy image-editing right within PowerPoint.

To remove the background from a picture in PowerPoint:

  1. Click on the image that has background you want to remove.
  2. On the Format tab, click Remove Background.
  3. PowerPoint will automatically select the part of the image to be kept.
  4. Adjust the selection to cover the area of the image that you want to keep.
  5. On the Background Removal Tool tab, click Mark Areas to Remove and select any other area that you want to remove.
  6. When you’re finished, click Keep Changes.

Watch the demonstration above to see these steps in action.


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6 thoughts on “How to Remove the Background from a Picture in PowerPoint

  1. Steve Reply

    Very informative and clear explanation. Really helps many people to remove image background.

  2. s n Reply

    I feel pretty dumb here but I couldn’t get it do anything. I selected the Remove Background button at the top, it showed the picture with what it thought was the background in magenta (looked fine), I clicked Accept Changes but then it just reverted back to what it originally had

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