Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using Office Themes
To see what components constitute a theme (and to change them to your liking), use the
other buttons in the Themes group on the Page Layout (or Design) tab.
● Colors A theme includes a dozen (usually complementary) colors that are applied
to different document elements. You can select one of the 40-odd built-in color
collections, or you can click Create New Theme Colors to make a custom collection.
● Fonts A theme comprises two fonts: one for headings and one for body text. Select
a built-in pairing, or click Create New Theme Fonts to mix your own. Office
differentiates between headings and body text based on the paragraph style (Word), cell style
(Excel), or placeholder type (PowerPoint).
● Effects Select one of the built-in line and ill effects combinations. You can’t create
your own variation.
After you’ve made your selections and customizations in each of these three areas, you
might want to save this combination as a new custom theme. To do that, click Themes,
Save Current Theme. Each theme is stored in its own file, so it’s easy to copy the theme file
to other computers, thereby enabling consistent appearance throughout an organization.
Theme files are stored by default in %AppData%\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes
(C:\Users\ username \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes on a
Windows 7 computer with default settings), but you can store them in any folder.
If your custom theme doesn’t appear in the Themes gallery after it’s been copied to a
computer, click Themes, Browse For Themes to locate it.