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Managing Themes
Managing Themes
Themes are applied to slide masters to specify the background, color, font, and effect for-
matting for all the slides that have that slide master assigned to them. (A single presenta-
tion fi le can have multiple slide masters, and therefore multiple themes.)
Some themes are built into PowerPoint, and you can also create and save your own themes
as separate fi les and apply them to other presentations or even to other Offi ce documents,
such as in Word and Excel. In this section you learn how to create new themes, manage
theme fi les, and apply themes across multiple presentations.
Creating a New Theme
To create a new theme, fi rst format a slide master exactly the way you want, including any
custom layouts, backgrounds, colors, and font themes. (You will learn how to make those
changes later in this chapter.) Then save the slide master’s formatting as a new theme by
following these steps:
1. Open Slide Master view if it is not already open (View
Master Views
Master), and select the desired slide master in the left pane.
You should have already formatted this slide master the way you want the new
theme to be. If you haven't yet, see the sections "Changing Colors, Fonts, and
Effects" and "Changing the Background" later in this chapter to make the needed
As you learned in "Themes, Layouts, and Slide Master View" earlier in this chapter, the default slide master is the
larger thumbnail at the top of the tree in the left pane. Notice that there are slightly smaller thumbnail images under
it; those are its individual layout masters. There may be more than one slide master; scroll the left pane down to see
if there's another Slide Master below the default one.
2. Click Slide Master
Edit Theme
Save Current Theme. The Save
Current Theme dialog box opens.
The default location shown in the Save Current Theme dialog box is C:\Users\ user-
name \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes where username is
the current Windows user.
3. Type a name for the theme file in the File Name text box. See Figure 4.8.
4. Click Save. The new theme is saved to your hard disk.
The new theme is now available from the Themes button’s menu in all presentations you
create, as long as you are signed into Windows as the same user on the same PC. All of the
theme's formatting is available, including any custom color or font themes it includes.
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