Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing the Background
is your Windows sign-in name, and you’ll fi nd an .xml fi le for each of your custom color
themes. (You'll fi nd the font themes in .xml fi les in the Theme Fonts folder.) Delete the
fi les for the color or font themes that you want to delete.
Changing the Background
The background is the color, texture, pattern, or image that is applied to the entire slide (or
slide master), on which everything else sits. By its very defi nition, it applies to the entire
surface of the slide; you cannot have a partial background. However, you can have a back-
ground graphic overlaid on top of the background. A background graphic is a graphic image
placed on the slide master that complements and works with the background.
It’s important to understand the distinction between a background and a background
graphic because even though most themes contain both, they are set up differently. Making
the change you want to the overall appearance of your slides often involves changing both.
For example, Figure 4.18 shows the Facet theme applied to a slide master. The slide back-
ground is pure white, and a green background graphic is overlaid on it. This background
graphic is composed of several different shapes, colors with different shades of green, plus
a few gray straight lines. Each of those graphic objects can be individually edited, moved,
or even deleted from the slide master. The white background itself can be changed via the
Format Background command.
FIGURE 4.18
A slide’s background is separate from its background graphic(s) if any are present.
Background
graphics
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Most themes consist of both background formatting (even if it is just a solid color) and a
background graphic. The background graphics included in the built-in themes in PowerPoint
are unique to those themes, and not available as separate graphics outside of them. So, for
 
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