Modifying Themes

Modify PowerPoint theme elements to mix and match colors and fonts. Learn all about using the PowerPoint modify theme feature here.

Background styles

To further customize your slides, you can change the background color by choosing a different background style. The available background styles will vary depending on the current theme.

To apply a background style:

  1. From the Design tab, click the drop-down arrow in the Variants group.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the drop-down arrow
  2. Select Background Styles.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking Background Styles
  3. Select the desired style. The available styles will change depending on the current theme colors.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Choosing a background style
  4. The new background will appear in each slide of your presentation. As you can see in the example below, changing the background style will not affect background textures.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The old and new background styles

If you want even more control over the background, click the Format Background command on the Design tab.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Format Background command

Different themes also include different slide layouts and background graphics. We'll talk about how to customize these in the Slide Master View lesson.