Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing the Background
8. (Optional) Click Apply to All to change the background of every slide
in your presentation.
If you don’t click the Apply to All button, PowerPoint changes only the
background of the currently selected slide.
If you click the Reset All Background button, you can remove any
background changes you made.
9. Click Close.
Choosing a gradient background
A gradient displays one color that gradually fades into another color, such
as green to orange. To define a gradient, you can define one or more stops,
transparency, and the gradient direction. Stops define where the colors in the
gradient start and end. Transparency defines how opaque a color appears.
The gradient direction defines how the gradient appears, such as vertically or
To define a gradient background, follow these steps:
1. Click the Design tab.
If you click on a slide in the thumbnail view and hold down the Ctrl key,
you can select which slides you’ll change. If you don’t select any slide,
PowerPoint will change all your slides.
2. Click the Background Styles icon in the Background group.
A pull-down menu appears (refer to Figure 12-4).
3. Click Format Background near the bottom of the menu.
The Format Background dialog box appears (refer to Figure 12-5).
4. Select the Gradient Fill radio button.
The Format Background dialog box displays additional options for
defining a gradient, as shown in Figure 12-6.
If you click the Preset Colors icon, you can choose from a variety of
predefined gradients.
5. Click in the Stop list box under Gradient Stops and choose Stop 1.
6. Click the Color icon.
A color palette appears.
7. Click on a color.
PowerPoint displays your chosen color as a gradient on the current slide.
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