Add a background picture (or watermark) to slides

Applies to: PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013 PowerPoint 2010.

You can use a picture as the background for a slide or slides.

You can adjust the picture’s transparency after you add it to the slide.

Tip: Check out these YouTube videos from PowerPoint community experts for more help with pictures and graphics!

Newer versions

Insert a background picture on a slide

  1. Right-click the margin of the slide and then press Format Background.
  1. In the Format Background pane, select Picture or texture fill.
  1. Under Insert picture from, select where to get the picture from:
OptionUse it to
FileInsert a picture from your computer or network drive.
ClipboardInsert a copied picture(This option is unavailable if you haven’t Copied a picture.)
OnlineSearch the web for an image.
  1. To adjust the picture’s relative lightness, slide the Transparency bar to the right.
Drag the Transparency bar to adjust the image

  1. To relay the background picture to all slides in your presentation, click Apply to All. Otherwise, simply exit the Format Background pane.

Remove a background picture

  1. In Normal view, choose a slide that has the background pattern or picture you want to remove.
  1. On the Design tab of the toolbar ribbon, in the Customise group at the far right end, pick Format Background.
The Format Background button is on the Design tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint
  1. In the Format Background pane, under Fill, click Solid Fill.
In the Format Background pane, select Solid Fill
  1. Press the down arrow beside the Colour button. A gallery of colours displays. Pick the white colour. Your existing background is instantly replaced with white.
  1. If you want to make the same change to the other slides in the presentation, choose Apply to All at the bottom of the Format Background pane.

See Also

Add a video to the background of your slides

YouTube: Tips on pictures and graphics from PowerPoint community experts

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