Styles and Themes

Modifying Word styles is useful when you want to have a more professional look. In Word themes include a set of colors, fonts, and effects.

Customizing a theme

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

To change theme colors:

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

When setting theme colors, try to find a part of your document that uses several colors so you get the best idea of what the color scheme looks like.

To change theme fonts:

  1. From the Page Layout tab, click the Theme Fonts command. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Changing the Theme Fonts Changing the Theme Fonts
  2. Hover your mouse over the different sets of theme fonts to see a live preview.
  3. Select the set of theme fonts you want, or select Create New Theme Fonts to customize each font individually.

To change theme effects:

  1. From the Page Layout tab, click the Theme Effects command. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Changing the Theme Effects Changing the Theme Effects
  2. Hover your mouse over the different sets of theme effects to see a live preview.
  3. Select the set of theme effects you want.

Some themes can add a picture fill to shapes, depending on which shape styles are used. For example, the Paper theme can add a paper-like texture to shapes. Try exploring some of the different shape styles after changing the theme.

To save your theme:

Once you've found settings you like, you may want to save the theme so you can use it in other documents.

  1. From the Page Layout tab, click the Themes command. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Saving the current Theme Saving the current Theme
  2. Select Save Current Theme.
    The Save dialog box The Save dialog box
  3. Type a file name for your theme, then click Save.