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Customize slide backgrounds with images in PowerPoint for iPad

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Hey, Office Insiders! I’m Ekta Dwivedy, a Product Manager on the PowerPoint Mobile team. We’re happy to announce a new feature in PowerPoint for the iPad that gives you the ability to customize slide backgrounds with images!

Customize slide backgrounds

The ability to customize slide backgrounds with images is a great way to add visual flair to your PowerPoint presentation. This is now an option on your iPad!

You can insert any picture to serve as a background on a PowerPoint slide, and also adjust its transparency. This helps customize your slides to meet your specific presentation needs.

How it works

1. Go to the Design tab and tap Format Background, then tap Picture Fill.

Format Background dialog box in PowerPoint for the iPad.

2. Tap Insert Picture and select an image to add it to your slide.

Insert Picture dialog to add an image to a slide background in PowerPoint for iPad.

3. Set the transparency of your background image with the Adjust Transparency slider below Insert Picture.

The Adjust Transparency slider in the Insert Picture as slide background feature in PowerPoint for iPad.

4. Apply the same background to all the slides in the deck by tapping Apply to all.

The Apply to All option in the Insert Picture as slide background feature in PowerPoint for iPad.


The ability to customize slide backgrounds is available to Insiders running Version 2.59 (Build 22030101) or later.

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