How do I change the background color of my Powerpoint slides?
I read your interesting article on producing effective Powerpoint presentations and one thing you said caught my eye: "slides that contain one word or quote, against a dramatic, colorful background" So, Dave, how do I get a different color background on each slide of a Powerpoint presentation?
I knew someone would ask that! The sad fact is that Powerpoint isn't really designed for this sort of presentation so it's a bit laborious to change each slide to have a different background. Not impossible, just a bit of tedium. Let me show you.
First off, I start out with a plain slide with no master template. It's easy to push all the text on all the slides to a single typeface (how? go into Normal View, then click and drag to select all the text on all the slides, then chose a new font!) and the default layout is usually fine for my text slides - most of which end up being Title Slides, by the way, not Bulleted List Slides - so here's what I'd typically be looking at:
Now, simply right-click (or, if you're on a Mac like I am, Control-click) and you'll see the following menu:
The option you want is highlighted: Slide Background.... Select that and here's what you'll see:
Almost done. Click on the pop-up menu and it'll show you the set of colors in the current color "scheme", but below it you can specify a new color from a color picker:
Choose "More Colors..." and you'll finally have the color picker:
Choose the color you want, then click the necessary "OK", "Apply" and "Save" buttons to get back to your master slide, make a few tweaks on the font color and size, and suddenly your slide is looking at lot more memorable:
Hope that helps you see how to create more visually interesting slides in Powerpoint.
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