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Change Slide Background Color in LibreOffice Impress

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This beginner’s guide explains the steps to change the slide background colour in LibreOffice Impress.

Although changing the background colour of a single slide or all slides is pretty straightforward still, for beginners’ it is worthwhile to create an article.

How to Change Slide Background Color

Single slide

  • To change the slide background colour in LibreOffice Impress for a single slide, select a slide. 
  • Then, from menu, Click Slide > Properties
  • In the Slide properties dialog, go to the Background Tab, click on the Color button. Choose the colour of your choice and click ok.
  • The colour will be applied to the currently selected slide.
  • To apply to the entire presentation, i.e. all the slides, follow the next step.
Slide properties
Figure 1: Slide properties
Slide properties - set color
Figure 2: Slide properties – set color

All Slides

  • To apply a background colour to all slides, you have to change the Master Slide, or we call it Slide Master.
  • Slide Master contains your presentation’s primary style slides. Whenever you change Slide Master, it applies to all the slides in your presentation.
  • Select any slide, and in the right sidebar, click properties (press ALT + 1).
  • Under Slide, click Master View. See Figure 3.
  • Now, you can change the background colour using the same steps above from Slide > Properties while being in the master view. Click Close Master View.
  • The colour will be applied to all the slides in your presentation.
LibreOffice Impress - Master Slide Option
Figure 3: LibreOffice Impress – Master Slide Option
Master View - Impress
Figure 4: Master View – Impress
Applying color to all slides in LibreOffice Impress
Applying color to all slides in LibreOffice Impress

Usage Notes

  • To remove the colour from the background, click on the Slide > Properties to pull up the slide properties dialogue. In the Slide setup dialog, click on the NONE button and press OK. This will remove the colour.
  • Apart from colour, you can also have the option to change slide backgrounds with Gradient, Any Image, Patterns, and Hatch.

I hope this guide helps you to apply color to all the slides in Impress. Do let us know in the comment box if it helps for the benefit of others.

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Michael Manosalvas

This seems outdated. Can someone provide more current instructions?