Why is My Powerpoint Presentation Black and White?

Is your Powerpoint presentation displaying in black and white or grayscale, even though you know it should have color? Powerpoint 2013 has a mode that lets you choose the color palette that is displayed when editing your presentation.

Fortunately, this is something that you can fix with a couple of steps, thereby allowing you to return to the default, full-color mode. Our tutorial below will show you a couple of different options for changing this setting.

How to Switch Between Black and White and Color View in Powerpoint 2013

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Powerpoint 2013, but will work in newer versions of Powerpoint as well.

Note that this assumes that the reason your presentation is displaying as black and white or grayscale is because the color mode has been changed.

It’s possible that the presentation was simply designed using black and white colors, in which case you would need to change the design of the slides to get some color.

Step 1: Open your presentation in Powerpoint 2013.

Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.

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Step 3: Click the Color button in the Color/Grayscale section of the ribbon.

how to exit black and white or grayscale mode in powerpoint

When you are in Black and White or Grayscale modes, there will also be a new tab to the left of the Home tab that says Black and White or Grayscale. If you click that tab you can also click the Back to Color View button as well to exit the mode.

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Now that you know why your Powerpoint presentation was in black and white and how to fix it, you can use this option whenever you need to adjust the display of your presentations.

Do you need to add or edit the speaker notes for your presentation, but you don’t see them? Find out how to show speaker notes in Powerpoint so that you can modify them as needed.

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