Create a simple single-color background in PowerPoint

Hello,

Once a brand-new PowerPoint file is created, how can you get a simple single-color background?

For example, after clicking

     File > New > Create,

a white screen appears with two boxes as shown here:
 aMy question is how to go from this point to having a simple monochromatic background upon which to begin inserting objects & text, etc.

Thanks
Steve_BradyAsked:
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Echo_SCommented:
Which version of PPT are you using?

If 2007 or 2010, click the bottom of the New Slide button to get a layout gallery. You can choose the layout with the appropriate placeholders (the things that say "click to add text") from that gallery. If you click the top of the New Slide button, you'll get the Title and Content layout, which has a placeholder for you to start typing in.

Placeholders carry formatting so you don't have to format everything manually. You can change that default formatting on the slide master (View | Slide Master) and the master layouts.

If you truly want a blank slide layout, it's also in the New Slide gallery.
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Echo_SCommented:
Right-click, choose Format Background and opt for a solid color. Click Apply to All.
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JacobfwCommented:
View - Slide Master

Make same changes here (Right-click, choose Format Background and opt for a solid color) to provide a consistent change to all new slides for this presentation.
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Echo_SCommented:
Generally, if you hit Apply to All, it applies to the slide master as well. (Works that way in 2010, at least -- which is the only one I have handy to test it on right this second.)
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses.

>>Echo_S:
Right-click, choose Format Background and opt for a solid color. Click Apply to All.


OK, I followed each of those steps and came up with a monochromatic background but the two boxes ("Click to add title" & "Click to add subtitle") still remain:
 bHow can I get from this point to a simple blank slide into which I can

>>begin inserting objects & text, etc.

Thanks again
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
>>Which version of PPT are you using?

2010

>>New Slide button

That's what I was after.

Thanks
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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