How To Remove A Background Or Watermark In Powerpoint

An attractive image or company watermark can be a good background for your presentation. But if you want to remove that background and use your own or none at all, you have two ways to do it in Microsoft PowerPoint.

The right background is an important element of your slideshow. You want something that will enhance your presentation without distracting from the content. Unfortunately, you may have gotten a template created by someone else that includes a background you don’t want, such as an image or watermark. Here’s how to remove it.

Remove a background using the Design tab

One way to remove the background from your PowerPoint presentation is to use the Design tab. You can use this option to change individual or all slides.

Open your presentation and select the slide you want to change. If you plan to change all of them, you can select any slide.

Go to the Design tab and click “Background Format” in the Customize section of the ribbon.

Format Background button on the Design tab

When the Format Background sidebar opens, select the Fill tab.

Fill tab in Format Background sidebar

Expand the Fill section and check the Solid Fill option. You can also choose a different option if you want to use a gradient or pattern fill.

Choose the color for the background using the dropdown box to the right of Color. Optionally, you can adjust the Transparency slider.

Solid fill and color selected in the sidebar

If you want to change all slides to the new background, click “Apply to all” at the bottom of the sidebar.

Apply to all slides

Delete a background by changing the master

Another way to remove the background of the image is to change the master slide. This replaces the background of all the slides in the presentation at once.

Open your presentation and go to the View tab. Click on “Slide Master” in the Master Views section of the ribbon.

Slide Master button on the View tab

You will then be in the Slide Master tab automatically. Select the master slide on the left side that is numbered 1.

Select the master slide

Click the Background Styles drop-down arrow in the Background section of the ribbon. Choose one of the styles to replace the watermark image or background. You can hover over each option to see a preview on your slide. Click the one you want.

Background Styles in PowerPoint

You can also select “Format Background” from the list to open the sidebar and choose the background style or a different color from there.

You’ll see all the slides to the left below the master slide update to the new background.

Slides under Master changed backgrounds

If you have more than one master in your presentation that contains the background image, you can do the same for additional master slides. Click “Close Master View” when finished.

Close Master View Button

A nice background can certainly enhance a presentation. But if you end up with an image or watermark you don’t want, you can easily change it.

For more information, check out how to create a custom template in PowerPoint.

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