Changing the Slide Background Fill

You can change the background colour or the background fill of the current slide or all of the slides in your document. For a background fill, you can use hatching, a gradient, or a bitmap image.

If you want to change the background fill for all of the slides, choose View - Master Slide. To change the background fill of a single slide, choose View - Normal.

To use a colour, gradient, or hatching pattern for the slide background

  1. Choose Slide - Properties, and then click on the Background tab.

  2. In the Fill area, do one of the following:

    Select Colour, and then choose a colour from the list.

    Select Gradient, and then choose a gradient style from the list.

    Select Hatching, and then choose a hatching style from the list.

  3. Click OK.

To use an image for the slide background

You can display an entire image as a slide background, or you can tile the image to produce a patterned background.

  1. Choose Slide - Properties, and then click on the Background tab.

  2. In the Fill area, select Bitmap, and then click an image in the list.

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    If you want to use a custom image for the slide background, close the Page Setup dialogue box, and then choose Format - Area. Click the Bitmaps tab, and then click Import. Locate the image you want to import and click Open. When you return to the Background tab, the image you imported will be in the Bitmap list.

  3. Do one of the following:

    To display the entire image as the background, unmark the Tile check box in the Position area, and then select AutoFit.

    To tile the image on the background, select Tile, and set the Size, Position, and Offset options for the image.

  4. Click OK.

This modification is only valid for the current presentation document.

To save a new master slide as a template

  1. Choose View - Master Slide to change to the master slide.

  2. Choose Slide - Properties to change the slide background, or choose other formatting commands. Objects that you add here will be visible on all slides that are based on this master slide.

  3. Choose View - Normal to close the master view.

  4. Choose File - Templates - Save As Template to save the document as a template.

  5. Enter a name for the template. Do not change the category from "My Templates". Click OK.

Now you can use the Templates window to open a new presentation based on your new template.