Themes and Background Styles

Themes and Background Styles


PowerPoint 2007 Themes A theme is a predefined combination of colors, fonts, and effects that can be applied to your presentation. PowerPoint includes built-in themes that allow you to easily create professional-looking presentations without spending a lot of time formatting. Each theme has additional background styles associated with it that can be applied to the slides to modify the theme.

In this lesson, you will learn how to apply a theme; how to modify theme colors, fonts, and effects; and how to apply a background style.


About themes

A theme is automatically applied when you create a new presentation in PowerPoint, even though the slide background is white. This default theme is called the Office Theme. The Office Theme consists of a white background and Calibri font of various sizes for titles and body text.

Default Theme

You can apply a different theme to your slides before adding text or making changes to the default slide. An advantage of doing this is that the location of the text will not move. If you apply the theme after entering text on the slides, the text boxes and placeholders may move, depending on the theme you choose.

An advantage of entering some of your text before applying a new theme is that the live preview feature allows you to see how the themes will affect your specific text. The example below is the Aspect theme.

Aspect Theme


You will need to know how to apply a theme and switch to a different theme if you want to use this feature to create presentations. All of the themes that come included in PowerPoint are located in the Themes group on the Design tab.

To apply a theme:

Themes Group
Theme Preview

You can access additional themes on Microsoft Office Online or create your own.

Fonts that are changed with the font size and style menus will not change when you apply a new theme.

Modifying themes

You can also modify the current theme colors, fonts, and effects. For example, if you like the Urban theme but would prefer to use more red in your presentation, you can change the colors of the theme and create a new custom theme. If you would prefer to use the Verdana font style so your presentation font will match your company logo and materials, you can modify the font combination and save it.

PowerPoint themes are powerful because they allow you to create professional-looking slides easily. The option to modify these themes makes it an even more robust and powerful tool because you can customize themes based on your needs and preferences.

To switch to a different theme color option:

Color Command
Color Menu

To change the current theme colors:

Change Colors
New Theme Colors

Modifying themes

To switch to a different theme font option:

Font Command
Font Menu

To change the current theme fonts:

Change Fonts from Menu
New Theme Fonts

To switch to a different theme effects option:

Effects Command
Effects Menu Options

Background styles

Background styles can be added to your slides after a theme is applied. The styles are fill variations based on theme colors. When you switch to a different theme, the background styles are updated based on the new theme colors. The background style options for the Urban theme are different from the background style options for the Apex theme. The colors are different based on the theme colors.

To apply a background style:

Background Group
Background Style

You can select Format Background from the menu to open a dialog box and make changes to the background color.


Use the Workshop presentation or any other PowerPoint presentation you choose to complete this challenge.