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Working with watermarks

Remove a watermark

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Can't figure out how to remove a watermark, because you can't find where it is? Watch this video for all the information you need to track it down and delete it.

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Add a background picture (or watermark) to slides

Add a DRAFT watermark to the background of slides

Remove a watermark from the background of your slides

Have you ever run into a roadblock when you couldn't figure out how to remove a watermark, because you couldn't find where it was?

Well, now you should have all the information you need to track it down.

First, determine which slide it is on. If it is on just one or two slides, it might be buried in a background layer.

Click the HOME tab, click Select, and open the Selection Pane.

Click the Show/Hide button for each object. If you find the watermark, you can leave it hidden, or press Delete.

If you don’t see it on the slide, check the slide master. Go to the VIEW tab and click Slide Master.

If you see the watermark on all of the layouts, click the slide master.

If you don’t see it on the slide master, then check the layouts individually.

Again, go through the objects using the selection pane, and the Show/Hide buttons.

And if you find it, delete it, or keep it hidden.

If you don't find it on the slide master or individual layouts, then the last place to look is the background.

Close the slide master. Then, click the DESIGN tab and Format Background.

Click Solid fill.

If the watermark goes away, then that means it was inserted as a picture by clicking Picture or texture fill.

If your slides use a background color, you’ll also notice that it changes, and some other background elements might go away.

This is because the watermark was incorporated with the color and other elements in one picture file.

And now, there is no way to separate them.

However, you can right-click the image and click Save Background.

Then, you can edit the file in an image editing program, or you can click File and replace the picture with something else.

So now you have all the information you need to add or remove watermarks in PowerPoint.

For more information, check out the links in the course summary.

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