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Using Document Themes
Using Document Themes
Over the years, I’ve seen hundreds of Excel workbooks that were created by others. A significant
percentage of these workbooks have one thing in common: They are ugly!
In an effort to help users create more professional-looking documents, Microsoft designers (start-
ing with Office 2007) incorporated the concept of Office document themes. Using themes is an
easy (and almost foolproof) way to specify the colors and fonts and a variety of graphical effects
in a document. Best of all, changing the entire look of your document is a breeze. A few mouse
clicks is all it takes to apply a different theme and change the look of your workbook.
Importantly, the concept of themes is incorporated into other Office applications. Therefore, a
company can now easily create a standard look for all its documents.
Elements within Excel that are controlled by document themes are:
h Cells and ranges that use theme colors (as opposed to standard colors)
h Tables
h Charts
h Sparkline graphics
h Pivot tables
h PivotTable Slicers
h Shapes
h SmartArt
h WordArt
h Sheet tab colors
Figure 16-1 shows a worksheet that contains various Excel elements. These items all use the
default theme, which is known as Office Theme.
Figure 16-2 shows the same worksheet after applying a different document theme. The different
theme changes the fonts, colors (which may not be apparent in the figure), and graphical effects
for the SmartArt diagram.
 
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