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Change the theme, background, or layout in Google Slides

You can customize how your presentation looks in Google Slides.

Change a theme

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. At the top, click Slide and then Change theme.
  3. On the right, click the theme you want.

Note: Learn how to apply a theme to only one slide in the Google Docs Help Forum.

Change the layout of a slide
  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Select a slide.
  3. At the top, click Layout.
  4. Choose the layout you want to use.
Change the background color or image

Change the background color

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Choose a slide.
  3. At the top, click Slide and then Change background.
  4. To the right of "Color," click the box and choose a color.
    • To add the color to one slide, click Done.
    • To add the color to the whole presentation, click Add to theme.

Change the background image

You can add an image saved in Google Drive or on your computer.

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Choose a slide.
  3. At the top, click Slide and then Change background.
  4. To the right of "Image," click Choose.
  5. Choose an image, then click Select.
    • To add the image to one slide, click Done.
    • To add the image to the whole presentation, click Add to theme.
Import a theme
  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. At the top, click Slide and then Change theme.
  3. In the bottom right, click Import theme.
  4. Double-click the presentation you want to use.
  5. Click the theme you want to import.
  6. Click Import theme.

You can also upload and edit Microsoft PowerPoint files in Google Drive.

Mary is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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