Modifying Themes

Themes in PowerPoint can help create consistency. Learn how to use PowerPoint themes for a more professional look as well.

Modifying themes

Video: Modifying Themes in PowerPoint 2010

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Let's say you like the fonts from one theme but would like to experiment with different color schemes. In PowerPoint 2010, you can mix and match the colors, fonts, and effects from different themes to create a unique look for your presentation. If it still doesn't look exactly right, you can customize the theme colors and theme fonts.

You can download this example for extra practice.

To change theme colors:

  1. From the Design tab, click the Theme Colors command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. Hover the mouse over the different sets of theme colors to see a live preview.
    Changing the Theme ColorsChanging the Theme Colors
  3. Select the set of theme colors you want, or select Create New Theme Colors to customize each color individually.

Sometimes when the theme colors are changed, the text colors may not update on all slides. If this happens, Save and Close your file. When you reopen it, it should display the correct colors.

To create new theme colors:

  1. From the Design tab, click the Theme Colors command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. Select Create New Theme Colors.
    Creating New Theme ColorsCreating New Theme Colors
  3. The dialog box will show the 12 current theme colors. To edit a color, click the drop-down arrow and select a different color. To choose the exact color you want, you may need to click More Colors.
    Editing a colorEditing a color
  4. In the Name field, type the desired name for the theme colors, then click Save. The presentation will update to show the new theme colors.
    Naming the Theme ColorsNaming the Theme Colors