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Applying a Custom Background Fill
4. Click the desired style to apply it to the selected layouts only (or to all layouts
if you selected the Slide Master in step 2). Alternatively, you can right-click the
desired style and choose Apply to All Layouts to apply the change to all layouts
even if you did not select the Slide Master in step 2.
You cannot customize background styles or add your own custom background styles; there
are always 12 of them, and they are always determined by the theme. If you need a differ-
ent background, you can apply a custom background fi ll, as described in the following sec-
tions, which lets you modify the background in a variety of ways.
Applying a Custom Background Fill
A custom background fi ll can include solid colors, gradients, textures, or graphics. Because
Chapter 9 covers those fi ll types in more detail, this section covers how to specify your own
background fi ll, which involves the following steps:
1. (Optional) To affect only certain slides, select them. You can do this in Normal,
Outline, or Slide Sorter view. (Or, to affect certain layouts, go into Slide Master
view and choose the layouts you want to customize, or select the slide master to
customize all layouts at once.)
2. Click Design
Format Background. Or, if you are in Slide Master
view, click Slide Master
Background Styles
Format Background.
The Format Background dialog box opens.
Notice that there are three icons under the Format Background heading in the task
pane: Fill, Effects, and Picture. Fill is selected by default, as shown in Figure 4.20.
Each of these opens a separate set of options when clicked. However, the Effects
and Picture controls are active only when certain picture or texture fi lls are in use,
so we'll stick with the Fill settings in this procedure.
3. Choose the option button that best describes the type of fill you want. The con-
trols change for the type you chose. Figure 4.20 shows the controls for a solid fi ll.
4. Set the options for the fill type that you chose. For example, in Figure 4.20, click
the Color button and choose a color. The changes you make apply immediately.
See Chapter 9 for details about the i ll types and how to coni gure their options.
5. (Optional) To apply the change to all slides, click Apply to All. Otherwise the
change will apply only to the slides (or layouts) you selected in step 1.
6. (Optional) To apply a different background to some other slides, select them
and repeat steps 3 and 4. The Format Background task pane can stay open as long
as you need it. Its changes are applied immediately.
7. When you are finished with the Format Background task pane, click its Close
(X) button in its upper right corner to close it.
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