Powerpoint presentations are very visual in nature, and are often improved with the help of visual aids like pictures and graphs. So you might decide to learn how to add a background picture in Powerpoint 2013 if you determine that your audience will appreciate the addition to your presentation.
You can make some changes to your background picture, such as adjusting the transparency and offsetting the picture from the center, which allows you to modify the way that the picture is displayed on your slides. Our tutorial below will show you where to go to insert a background picture into one of your slides, and it will show you how to apply the background picture to every slide of your presentation, if that is your desired result.
Insert a Background Picture in Powerpoint 2013
The steps in this article will show you how to set a picture that is saved to your computer as the background of a slide in Powerpoint 2013. You will have the option to set the picture as the background for just one slide, or you can set it as the background picture for every slide.
Step 1: Open the Powerpoint presentation into which you want to insert a background picture.
Step 2: Select the slide from the left side of the window into which you will be adding the background picture.
Step 3: Right-click on the slide (in the main editing panel at the center of the window), then click the Format Background option.
Step 4: Click the Picture or texture fill option at the right side of the window.
Step 5: Click the File button under Insert picture from.
Step 6: Browse to the picture that you want to set as your background, click it once to select it, then click the Insert button at the bottom of the window.
Step 7: Make any adjustments to the transparency and offsets by using the controls at the right side of the window.
Step 8 (optional): Click the Apply to All button at the bottom of the Format Background panel if you want to use the picture as the background for every slide in your presentation.
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