FillFormat.Background Method (PowerPoint)

Specifies that the shape's fill should match the slide background. If you change the slide background after applying this method to a fill, the fill will also change.


expression. Background

expression A variable that represents a FillFormat object.


Note that applying the Background method to a shape's fill isn't the same as setting a transparent fill for the shape, nor is it always the same as applying the same fill to the shape as you apply to the background. The second example demonstrates this.


This example sets the fill of shape one on slide one in the active presentation to match the slide background.


This example sets the background for slide one in the active presentation to a preset gradient, adds a rectangle to the slide, and then places three ovals in front of the rectangle. The first oval has a fill that matches the slide background, the second has a transparent fill, and the third has the same fill applied to it as was applied to the background. Notice the difference in the appearances of these three ovals.

With ActivePresentation.Slides(1)

    .FollowMasterBackground = False
    .Background.Fill.PresetGradient _
        msoGradientHorizontal, 1, msoGradientDaybreak

    With .Shapes
        .AddShape msoShapeRectangle, 50, 200, 600, 100
        .AddShape(msoShapeOval, 75, 150, 150, 100) _
        .AddShape(msoShapeOval, 275, 150, 150, 100).Fill _
            .Transparency = 1
        .AddShape(msoShapeOval, 475, 150, 150, 100) _
            .Fill.PresetGradient _
            msoGradientHorizontal, 1, msoGradientDaybreak
    End With
End With

See also

FillFormat Object