Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Choosing a Theme
Themes: The Way to
Better Designs
Note: To use themes, you must be working with a .docx file. If you’re working with an older .doc file in
Word 2010’s Compatibility Mode, themes are turned off.
Here are some examples of the nitty gritty formatting a theme handles for you:
Headings. Font size, style, and color.
Body text. Font size, style, and color.
Tables. Colors and shading; border and line styles; and font size, style, and color.
Charts. Colors; chart styles; border and line styles; and font size, style, and color.
Images and clip art. Border colors.
WordArt. Font colors.
SmartArt. Colors and font size, style, and color.
In Word, the standard theme is called Office. It uses 11-point Calibri font for the
body text and Cambria in different sizes and shades of blue for headings—the
different fonts and colors for different purposes are called styles . You can see all the
styles associated with a particular theme by selecting it (see the next section) and
then going to the Home tab’s Styles section; click the More button (Alt, H, L) to see
all of its text styles.
Choosing a Theme
To select a theme, head to the Page Layout tab and click the far-left Themes button
(Alt, P, TH). This opens a gallery of Word’s built-in themes, as shown in Figure 7-1.
As you move your pointer over the different options, Live Preview shows you how
your document looks with each theme. When you find one you like, click it. Word
applies that theme to your document.
Tip: If you don’t see a preview of changes to your document as you browse through the menu, turn on
Live Preview by selecting Select File➝Options (Alt, F, I). In the General section of the Word Options dialog
box, turn on the Enable Live Preview checkbox.
Customizing a Theme
You might like everything about a theme except for, say, the color scheme or the
fonts. You can customize any theme and save it as your own creation so you can use
it again for future documents.
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