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How do you remove a background for PDF?

2435 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2013 3:09 AM by gtatters RSS
gtatters Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Feb 1, 2013 9:57 AM

I am a student and all my PowerPoint lectures are sent to me before they begin.  I take those lectures put them into keynote then open them in notability as a PDF.  This allows me to record the audio of the lecture and take notes directly on the slides.  However, some teachers use dark or colourful backgrounds that make annotating them a bit frustrating.  I want to remove the backgrounds in the same way I could if I selected print "With Backgrounds: off"


Is there a way to either delete the backgrounds or print to PDF without the backgrounds?



  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 10:38 AM (in response to gtatters)

    Just as you say you can print to a PDF file:


    file print > options: then  select;    dont print slide backgrounds


    there are further options on what to print:


    slides only

    slides with notes



  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:10 PM (in response to gtatters)

    Sorry if I wasn't clear.  I do not want to print the slides, I want them in a PDF format without the background.

    Yes you said in your first post you wanted a PDF without background.



    On my mac I can select print to PDF but there is no such option on the iPad (I think?).


    What has this got to do with an iPad, you asked about producing a PDF file?



    Is there no way to remove the background without printing a hard copy?


    As I suggested,    File > Print > PDF    will produce a PDF file without the background if you select the "don't print slide backgrounds" option in the print dialogue box.


    This is a popular straight forward procedure and is easily achieved.

  • Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,760 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:52 PM (in response to gtatters)

    From what I can tell and what I've read, you cannot get rid of the slide backgrounds in the iOS version other than by printing (which is not what you are looking to do) or copy/pasting all content to a new presentation that has a white background theme (which would be painful if there are a lot of slides).

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 3:53 PM (in response to gtatters)

    You posted your query in the Keynote for Mac discussion and I therefore have to assume you were asking about the Mac application.


    As you now state you are using Keynote for iOS, which is a very different application.


    You should post your query in the iWork for iOS discussion where you will get responce's from users who use that hardware.


    I have no knowledge of iOS devices so I cant help you further.


    good luck and I hope you get this resolved.

  • Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,760 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:09 PM (in response to Gary Scotland)

    Over on the Numbers forum people are often posting questions about the iOS version of Numbers. We just answer the question if we can. It's usually easy to tell from the post that the question is about iOS, like in this case where the OP's initial post mentioned "With Backgrounds: Off" ("Off" is an iOS thing) and Notability (an iPad app).


    It would be good for the OP to ask the question in the iWork for iOS forum, though, as you advised. They may know more there.


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