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Creating a Custom Theme

If you have special needs for specific colors, fonts, and effects, such as a company sales or marketing presentation, you can create your own theme by customizing theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects, and saving them as a theme file (.thmx), which you can reuse. You can apply the saved theme to other presentations and slides. When you save a custom theme, the file is automatically saved in the Document Themes folder and added to the list of custom themes used by PowerPoint and other Office programs. When you no longer need a custom theme, you can delete it.

Create a Custom Theme

  • yellow_1.jpg Click the Design tab, and then create a theme by customizing theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects.
  • yellow_2.jpg Click the More list arrow in the Themes gallery, and then click Save Current Theme.

    Document Themes Folder. C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes; typical Office location, yours can differ.

  • yellow_3.jpg Type a name for the theme file.
  • yellow_4.jpg Click Save.

Choose a Custom Theme

  • yellow_1.jpg Click the Design tab.
  • yellow_2.jpg Click the scroll up or down arrow, or click the More list arrow in the Themes gallery to see additional themes.
  • yellow_3.jpg Point to the custom theme you want to display a live preview and a ScreenTip with the theme name.
  • yellow_4.jpg Click the custom theme you want from the gallery to apply it to the selected slide master (and all its slides).

Apply a Custom Theme From a File

  • yellow_1.jpg Select the slide with the slide master you want to change.
  • yellow_2.jpg Click the Design tab.
  • yellow_3.jpg Click the More list arrow in the Themes gallery, and then click Browse for Themes.
  • yellow_4.jpg If you want to open a specific file type, click the Files of type list arrow, and then click a file type.

    • Office Themes and Themed Documents.
    • Office Themes.
    • Office Themes and PowerPoint Templates.
  • yellow_5.jpg If the file is located in another folder, click the Look in list arrow, and then navigate to the file.

    Document Themes Folder. C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes; typical Office location, yours can differ.

  • yellow_6.jpg Click the theme file you want.
  • yellow_7.jpg Click Apply.
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