Apply Background Pictures To One or All PowerPoint Slides

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 15, 2010


If you find the new interface of the Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or PowerPoint 2010 confusing and difficult, you are not alone. But the fact of the matter is that it is just different and not difficult. Once you start to recognize the sections in the menu options, you would not like to go back to the older versions. We have a series of Microsoft Office Articles to guide you with common issues and tips related to Microsoft Office applications.


In this article, I will guide you through adding a background or Background Picture in your Power Point presentation Slides in MS Office PowerPoint 2007 or PowerPoint 2010.

The method is much simpler than you can imagine, just right-click on the slide on which you want to change the background. If you want to change the background of all the slides of the presentation, then you can right click any one of them. From right click menu, click “Format Background”.


On the format background window, click on the Fill option at the left hand vertical pan. On the right you will find many options. First one is Solid Fill, use this if you want one particular solid color in background. You can change the background color by using the color option on the same window.



Another fill option is the gradient option, you can select two colors and the slides will contain these colors in gradient fashion as you can see in the sample below.


This is probably the most interesting one, here in you can select a picture background for your power point presentation slides. You can select a textured background, a clip-art or any other picture you want in background.


You can also use some patterns as background in the power point slides, select pattern and choose the one you want.


Now the most important part :

Choice 1: If you want to apply background to only the selected slide, press the close button after selecting background.

Choice 2: If you want to apply background to all the slides in the presentation, click the button “Apply to All” and then click close.


Hope you find this tutorial easy to follow. If you have tips to share, please share via comments below.

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Robert May 17, 2010 at 1:23 am

Very interesting approach, thanks. In case you are interested, I’d recommend , too, maybe it’s useful for your readers. You can download lot of free background and use these techniques you show here.

Kim_Office_Team May 21, 2010 at 5:46 am

Thanks so much for pointing out these great tips for your readers. If you or your readers are struggling to find things in the newly designed ribbon, there’s a great tool available on the Microsoft Office site that lets you perform an action in a Office 2003 environment and then it shows you how to do it in Office 2010. It’s pretty cool —

Hope this helps. And, if you want to stay connected to the latest Office news, I invite you to join the Microsoft Office page on Facebook at

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Kailynn Varnado April 19, 2011 at 2:13 am

This is great for if you wnt to get bckgrounds on powerpoints or something its a really good powerpoint though and i think thatbthe world should try it! 😛

Eleanor November 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

very simple directions but I followed all the steps and my background is still not applying to any of my slides, any suggestions?

PPT2 DVD December 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Thanks so much for your advice and no doubt will get me out of some trouble to make presentations.

JV June 14, 2012 at 1:13 am

Thank you! Simple and clean directions!

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