5 Best Free PowerPoint Background Sites

Liven up your PowerPoint presentation with these free backgrounds

Add free PowerPoint backgrounds to your presentation to bring more to your work than regular wallpaper. These backgrounds are designed so that text, photos, and other slideshow content take center stage. The background stays where it belongs, and you'll create a professional-looking presentation.

Information in this article applies to PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint Online, and PowerPoint for Mac.

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Free science laboratory PowerPoint background from Free PPT Backgrounds
What We Like
  • Several ways to browse.

  • Full-size previews.

  • Detailed download pages.

  • Multiple size options.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads look like download buttons.

  • No ratings or reviews.

FreePPTBackgrounds.net is a great source for free PowerPoint backgrounds. Each download is a ZIP file that contains one or more images that follow the same design. Use these coordinated images as the main and inner slides of a presentation.

Think of these downloads as a PowerPoint theme that's broken up into separate images. Use any image you wish. Some backgrounds include the template in PPT form.

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Free empty office with tree image PowerPoint background from PPTBackgroundsTemplates.com
What We Like
  • Backgrounds are in image form.

  • Comprehensive category list.

  • High-resolution backgrounds.

What We Don't Like
  • Many are cartoonish.

  • No direct download option.

PPTBackgroundsTemplates.com offers many high-quality, free PowerPoint backgrounds. Subscribe to the RSS feed to find the most popular backgrounds.

Background categories include Holidays, Animated, Medical and Health, Transportation, Gradient, Love, Celebrities, and Animals. There's also a section where you can browse the newest backgrounds.

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Circle images free PowerPoint background from Indezine.
What We Like
  • Quick browsing.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like
  • Small previews.

  • Must extract the image from the download.

  • Lots of advertising.

Indezine has more than 200 free PowerPoint background images available for download. Categories include Turquoise Tempest, Butterfly Prism, Silk Scarf, and much more. In addition to a section with recently added backgrounds, there's a section where you can search by color, or browse a two-page list to see all the images.

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Free arrow heading up on barchart image free PowerPoint background.


What We Like
  • Tags to find relevant backgrounds.

  • Shows user comments.

  • Very few ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Small watermark.

  • Some backgrounds are mislabeled as animated.

Most of these backgrounds are the ideal quality, size, and position for use in a presentation program. There are numerous categories, such as Colors, Food, Nature, 3D, Vector, and Wedding.

To download these backgrounds, right-click a background image (or tap and hold on a touch screen) and save the image to your computer.

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Free green grass and leaves PowerPoint background from PPTback.com
What We Like
  • Highlights similar backgrounds.

  • Tons of categories.

  • Find new and popular backgrounds.

What We Don't Like
  • Unclear download instructions.

  • Several ads per page.

The backgrounds from this site are image files that you must right-click or tap and hold to download. Look for images in different categories, such as Cars, Drawings, Landscapes, Culture, Cartoons, Abstract, Party, and much more.

Most of the backgrounds are wide and positioned perfectly for text, shapes, and other content added to a presentation.

Liven Up Your Presentation

These free PowerPoint backgrounds will make your next presentation pop and leave a lasting impression. The backgrounds are easy to add to both new and existing presentations, so you get a lot of value for the little effort it takes to find and download one.

You don't need Microsoft PowerPoint to use these free backgrounds. Use a free presentation software program or a free online presentation maker to create a slideshow, then integrate a free PowerPoint background.

Are you looking for a little more than a background? Free PowerPoint themes change the look of a presentation and take it to another level.

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