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How to remove the background from an image in Microsoft PowerPoint



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Removing a distracting background from an image allows your audience to focus on the subject. Microsoft PowerPoint provides a set of basic image editing tools – including one that lets you remove the background from an image.

First open PowerPoint and insert the image (Insert> Image) that contains the background you want to delete.

Image with background to be deleted

Then click on the “Format” tab that appears when the image is inserted.

Image Format tab

In the “Adjust” group, select the “Remove background” option.

Remove the Background option in the adjustment group

Once selected, the background of the image will be magenta while the foreground will remain untouched. The part of the image marked with magenta is the area to be deleted.

PowerPoint is generally pretty good about correctly marking the correct areas you expect to be removed from an image, but as you can see from the screenshot below, it is not always 100 percent accurate.

PowerPoint image with magenta highlighted background indicating the removal area

Fortunately, we can manually select parts of the image that we want to delete or keep by selecting “Select areas to delete” or “Select areas to keep” from the “Refine” group.

In this example, we remove the rest of the wood background from our image, so we select “Select areas to delete.”

Select areas to delete

Once selected, the cursor changes to a pencil. Click and drag the cursor around the areas you want to delete (or keep). When you are done, click somewhere outside the image and the changes will be displayed automatically.

Delete background GIF

Make sure to save your presentation (File> Save) so that you do not lose the changes.

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