How to Change the Background on a Google Presentation

Two Methods:Changing the Background Color of Your PresentationUsing Pictures as a Background for Your Presentation

Google Presentation is one of the applications included in the Google Docs office suite that lets users create slideshow presentation online without downloading any software. With Google Presentation, you can choose from many different ways available to make your slideshow presentation appealing and interesting. One of these ways is changing the background of your presentation.

Method 1
Changing the Background Color of Your Presentation

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    Launch an Internet browser. Double-click the icon of your preferred Internet browser on your desktop.
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    Go to Google Drive. Once the browser is open, type in drive.google.com on the address bar at the top of the screen and hit Enter. You’ll be taken to the website’s home page.
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    Sign in. Enter your Google/Gmail account username and password on the fields provided then click “Sign in” to access your account.
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    Create a new presentation. Click the red “Create” button located on the upper-left corner of the web page. Select “Presentation” from the drop-down list, and you’ll be directed to the Google Presentation page.
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    Click on “Slide. You’ll find this in the menu toolbar located on the upper-left portion of the web page
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    Select “Change Background” from the drop-down list. Now you can select a color for your presentation’s background.
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    Change the color of your presentation’s background. Click the small square box on the “Background” options window and select the color you wish to use from the color palette. Selecting a color will instantly change the presentation’s background to that color.
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    Save your changes. Click on “Done” to save the changes you’ve made.
    • If you’re not satisfied with the background color, select “Reset to theme” to change back to the default background settings of your slideshow.

Method 2
Using Pictures as a Background for Your Presentation

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    Launch an Internet browser. Double-click the icon of your preferred Internet browser on your desktop.
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    Go to Google Drive. Once the browser is open, type in drive.google.com on the address bar at the top of the screen and hit Enter. You’ll be taken to the website’s home page.
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    Sign in. Enter your Google/Gmail account username and password on the fields provided then click “Sign in” to access your account.
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    Create a new presentation. Click the red “Create” button located on the upper-left corner of the web page. Select “Presentation” from the drop-down list, and you’ll be directed to the Google Presentation page.
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    Click on “Slide. You’ll find this in the menu toolbar located on the upper-left portion of the web page
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    Select “Change Background” from the drop-down list. Now you can select a color for your presentation’s background.
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    Click on the “Choose” button to start changing your presentation’s background to any picture you like. This will open the “Insert Background Image” window.
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    Upload a picture. Select any image saved locally on your computer and drag it across the screen to the main section of the “Insert Background Image” window to upload a picture.
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    Use a photo taken by your computer’s camera. If you prefer a more recent photo, click “Take a snapshot” from the left menu panel to start taking pictures using your device’s camera and use it as background for your presentation.
    • Note that the device you’re using should have a working camera in order for you to use this option.
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    Use an image from another website. Click “By URL” from the left menu panel and paste or type in the web address of the picture you want to use as your background on the text field provided (e.g., www.google.com/your_picture.jpg).
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    Choose from pictures saved on your Google Drive photo album. Click “My Drive” from the left menu panel and choose among the pictures saved on your Google Drive you like best to use as your presentation’s background.
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    Apply the picture. Once you’re done choosing an image to use as background, click the “Select” button to apply the changes you’ve made on the background settings of your presentation.

Tips

  • Changing the background will only affect the selected slide. If you wish to change the background for all the slides in your presentation, select all the slides by highlighting them using your mouse cursor.
  • The size of the image you’ll use as your background will affect the output file size of your presentation.
  • When you use a picture for your background, the photo will automatically stretch to fit the entire slide.

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