Customize a slide with layouts and themes

Themes, background images, and layouts are a good way for you to customize your presentation and tailor it to a particular audience.

Themes

To change or add a theme to your presentation, go to the Slide menu, and select Change theme. Select the theme you’d like to use, and it will automatically be applied to all of the slides in your presentation.

Background images

Background images let you customize your slides using an image that’s saved to your computer. You can apply a background image to a single slide or to all of the slides in your presentation.

To insert a background image in a slide, follow these steps:

background dialog

  1. Select a slide.
  2. Go to the Slide menu, and select Background
  3. In the window that appears, click the option next to Background Image.
  4. On the Insert image dialog, click Choose file to select a custom image for your background.
  5. In the window that appears, click Insert image.
  6. Once you select an image, click the Upload button.
  7. You'll go back to the Background dialog, where you can apply the background image to all of the slides in your presentation or add a background color.
  8. Click the Done button to finish.
Themes and backgrounds in the old version of Google Slides

To select a theme:

  1. Go to the Format menu, and navigate to the Presentation settings sub-menu.
  2. Select Change theme.
  3. Select the theme you’d like to use, and it’ll automatically be applied to all the slides in your presentation.

To insert a background image:

  1. Select the slide you’d like to change.
  2. Go to the Format menu, and navigate to the Presentation settings sub-menu.
  3. Select Change background.
  4. In the window that appears, click Insert image.
  5. Click the Choose file button to search for an image. For best results, use images with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 800x600 resolution.
  6. Click Save.

To change the background color:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above to open the Change Background window.
  2. Click the paint bucket icon below the Insert Image link.
  3. Select your desired color from the palette.
  4. Click Save.

If you’d like to apply changes to all of your slides, select the button next to Apply background to all slides.