Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
A theme is the look, color, and graphics that the slides in your presentation have in common. You
can use a theme from the PowerPoint program, get one from Microsoft Office Online, or use a
theme from an existing presentation. You can also create a blank presentation, and then apply a
background and graphics to create your own theme — and then save the theme.
By default, each new presentation you create uses a blank design theme.
When you choose a specific theme, PowerPoint applies a set of colors,
fonts, and placeholder positions to the slides. All of these elements vary
greatly from theme to theme. The theme can also include a background
color, background graphics, and effects for background graphics.
It is easy to apply a theme to a single slide, a section, or the entire
presentation. Generally it is better to use one theme for an entire
presentation so that the slides have a consistent look and feel. However,
you can also choose to apply a different theme to a particular slide for
Although PowerPoint provides professionally designed slide themes, you
can tailor existing themes to meet your specific needs. You can change
the background, background color, or the color scheme of the entire
theme. Once you design a theme you really like, you can save it to the
theme gallery to use again.
Themes and Masters
Slide masters determine where placeholders and objects appear on each
slide layout. Each theme has a master slide for the Title slide, a master
slide for the Title and Content Slide, and so on. After you apply a theme,
you can modify the masters. Any changes you make to the master slides
automatically appear in your presentation slides. You can also change the
fonts on the master slides.