How to Hide Background Graphics in Powerpoint 2013

The different themes that are available in Powerpoint 2013 give you a number of options for quickly creating a visually-appealing slideshow. Their combinations of colors, graphics, and formatting often mean that you only need to include the actual information that you want to convey to your audience.

But you may find that the background graphics in your chosen theme are detracting from the desired appearance, and that you want to see how it would look without those graphics. Our guide below will show you where to find the setting that controls the display of those graphics so that you can turn them off if you wish.


How to Stop Showing Background Graphics in a Powerpoint 2013 Slideshow

The steps in this article will change the design of your currently-open slideshow so that any graphics that are part of the slideshow theme will be hidden. This will not affect any other slideshows, as it is not a change to the Powerpoint settings. If you decide later that you would like to show the background graphics, you can always come back to the final step below and uncheck the box that hides the graphics.

Step 1: Open your slideshow in Powerpoint 2013.


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

click the design tab



Step 3: Click the Format Background button in the Customize section at the far-right end of the ribbon. This is going to open a Format Background column at the right side of the window.

click the format background button



Step 4: Check the box to the left of Hide background graphics.

how to hide background graphics in powerpoint 2013



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