Add a background image to PowerPoint slides

  1. Personalize your next PowerPoint presentation with one of your photos
  2. Choose your background image carefully
  3. Add and format a background image

Personalize your next PowerPoint presentation with one of your photos

Use any image as the background for one or more slides in your PowerPoint presentation to give your presentation some personality. Adjust the transparency of the image so that it doesn’t overload the text.

The instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010.

Choose your background image carefully

By default, the image you choose for a slide background will be stretched to fit on the slide. Choose a landscape image and a high-resolution image to avoid distortion.

A high-resolution image will look sharp and clear, while a low-resolution image will look washed out when enlarged and stretched to fit the slide. Stretching an image can cause image distortion.

Add and format a background image

To add an image as a background image for a PowerPoint slide:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to add a background image. To add it to all slides, add it to any slide.

  2. Select Design > Background format . Or right-click on the slide and select Background format . The Format Background panel opens.

  3. Select An image or fill texture .

  4. Select File to insert an image from your computer or network drive, select clipboard to paste the copied image, or select Online (or clip art in PowerPoint 2010) to search an image on the web.

  5. Find the desired image and select Insert .

  6. Set the transparency level for the image with the Transparency slider.

  7. Select reset wallpaper to delete the photo to start over, close to to apply the image as a background for one slide, or Apply to everyone . apply an image as the background to all slides in a presentation.

To remove a background image, open the Format Background panel and select firm filling or another option.

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