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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. Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. At the top, click Slide and thenChange 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. Open a presentation in Google Slides and select a slide.
  2. At the top, click Layout.
  3. Choose the layout you want to use.
Change a background color or image

Change the background color

  1. Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Choose a slide.
  3. At the top, click Slide and thenChange 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. Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Choose a slide.
  3. At the top, click Slide and thenChange 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. Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. At the top, click Slide and thenChange 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 Microsoft Powerpoint files to Google Drive and edit them directly.

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