How to Add a Background Image to a PowerPoint Slide

By December 2, 2019 Tech Tip
Background Images in PowerPoint

Let’s say that you want to add a full-size background image to one of your PowerPoint slides. Maybe you want to show off your photography or liven up the background behind your talking points. But how do you add the image as a background?

  1. Right click on the slide. From the menu, select Format Background. A sidebar will appear on the right.Background Image in PowerPoint
  2. From the Format Background menu, select Picture or text fill. Then click Insert, choose From a File, and then open the image you want to set as the background.Formatting Background Image in PowerPoint
  3. Adjust the Transparency if you want to lighten the image behind text on the slide. You can also choose to Tile picture as texture if your background image is a repeatable pattern that you want to fill the slide background entirely.

If you want to, you can use the buttons at the bottom of the Format Background sidebar which let you apply the background image to all PowerPoint slides in your deck, or to reset the background entirely.

Setting Background Image on all slides in PowerPoint

And that’s it!


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