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Where Themes Are Stored
because it cannot hold some of the things a template can hold, such as sample content. A
theme can provide only font, color, effect, and background settings to the presentation.
(It can also provide slide layouts, but let’s postpone that discussion for a bit.) On the other
hand, a theme can also do more than a PowerPoint template, in that you can apply a theme
saved as a separate ﬁ le to other Ofﬁ ce applications, so you can share its color, font, and
effect settings with Word or Excel, for example.
Where Themes Are Stored
A theme is an XML ﬁ le (or a snippet of XML code embedded in a presentation or template
ﬁ le). A theme can come from any of these sources:
Built-in: Some themes are embedded in PowerPoint itself and are available from the
Themes gallery on the Design tab regardless of the template in use.
Custom (automatically loaded): The default storage location for user-created
theme ﬁ les is C:\Users\ username \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document
Themes. All themes (and templates containing themes) stored here are automati-
cally displayed among the gallery of theme choices on the Design tab, in a Custom
If you don’t want to delete a custom theme i le, but you also don’t want it showing up in the gallery all the time, move
the i le to a folder outside of the Document Themes folder hierarchy. For example, create an Unused Themes folder
on your hard disk and move it there until you need it. When you want to use the custom color theme again, move the
i le back to its original location.
Inherited from starting template: If you start a presentation using a template
other than the default blank one, that template might have one or more themes
included in it.
Stored in current presentation: If you modify a theme in Slide Master view while
you are working on a presentation, the modiﬁ ed code for the theme is embedded in
that presentation ﬁ le.
Stored in a separate file: If you save a theme (using any of a variety of methods
you’ll learn later in this chapter), you create a separate theme ﬁ le with a .thmx
extension. These ﬁ les can be shared among other Ofﬁ ce applications, so you can
standardize settings such as font and color choices across applications. (Some of
the unique PowerPoint portions of the theme are ignored when you use the theme
in other applications.)
Themes, Layouts, and Slide Master View
In PowerPoint 2013, the slide master has separate layout masters for each layout, and you
can customize and create new layouts. Look at Figure 4.2, which shows Slide Master view.
Notice along the left side that there is a different, separately customizable layout master