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Does your image paste into PowerPoint with a black background?

Posted on: Oct, 2023 By: Judd Albrecht

Help! Images have a black background in PowerPoint:

Have you ever encountered the frustration of your images pasting into PowerPoint with an unsightly black background? If so, you're not alone, and you're probably seeking answers to questions like these:

  • Why do my images consistently end up with black backgrounds when I copy and paste them into PowerPoint?
  • Recently, I've noticed that transparent PNG images appear in PowerPoint with a black background.

But fret not, for we have a solution for you.

Microsoft must have adjusted its PowerPoint code at some undisclosed point, affecting how users copy and paste images. Although copying external images into PowerPoint slides is not affected, transparent PNG files now have black backgrounds instead of clear ones. If this is affecting you, keep reading.  

Here is the PNG black background fix!

Use these steps to rectify this issue and ensure your PNG images display with the intended transparent background in PowerPoint:

  • First, download the PNG image you wish to use onto your computer, making it easily accessible for PowerPoint.

  • Launch Microsoft PowerPoint, and you're on your way to rectifying the situation.

  • At the top of the PowerPoint interface, locate and click on the "Insert" option.

  • Within the Insert menu, navigate to "Pictures" among the available image insertion options.

  • Opt for "This Device" from the provided choices, indicating that you want to insert an image from your local storage.

  • Now, search for the PNG image on your computer, select it, and proceed by clicking on the "Insert" button located in the lower-right corner of the window.


Success! No more black background!

By following these steps, you can rest assured that all your transparent background PNG images will be inserted into PowerPoint without any unwanted black background issues, ensuring the expected outcome.


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Transparent PNG images to try

Feel free to experiment with these transparent PNG images to test your newfound insertion method:

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Here is a selection of PresenterMedia PNG images featuring transparent backgrounds, which you can easily right-click, save to your computer, and then employ the steps outlined above to insert them into your PowerPoint slides.

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By: Judd Albrecht
Judd enjoys anything creative. As a content designer at PresenterMedia, he gets to put that creative desire to use everyday. "Every day I'm excited to come into work and start creating great content for our subscribers". He has degree in computer animation with over 15 years of graphic design experience, which has given him the skills to design quality graphic content. When he's not at work, he finds time enjoying the great outdoors, jamming on the bass guitar and playing with his kids.

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