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18 Use a Theme

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When your document takes on the characteristics of a certain theme, the colors, format, pagination, and overall look and feel adhere to that theme’s standards. Themes apply to your entire document, and you can implement the same theme across all your Office applications.

Microsoft provides themes with Office and also offers several themes online. In addition, you can design and save your own themes. Somewhere out there is probably a theme that’s right for you. If you locate a theme that isn’t quite what you want, but close, you can apply that theme, modify it to your liking, and then save the theme and reuse it afterward.

square_1.gif Apply a Built-In Theme

Open the document you want to apply a theme to. You can apply a theme to a new, blank document, but you can see the applied theme’s effects far better if you apply a theme to a document you’ve already created.

Click to display your Page Layout ribbon, and then click the Themes button. Word displays a scrolling list of built-in, supplied themes. As you point to the various themes, your document’s preview changes to reflect what each theme would look like if applied to your document.

You can click the Search Office Online link to see what themes Microsoft makes available over your Internet connection.

After you click to apply a specific theme, your document changes accordingly.

square_2.gif Customize Your Theme’s Colors

The best way to create a customized theme is to begin with one that’s close to your goal and then customize it.

Apply a theme that most closely matches your desired theme. In the Themes section of your Page Layout ribbon, select Theme Colors. A list of theme colors appears. Select a new theme color scheme or click Create New Theme Colors to create your own set. As you point to each set of possible theme colors, your document will update to reflect what that theme color will look like after you apply it.

square_3.gif Customize Your Theme’s Fonts

To change the primary font used in your customized theme, click to select the Theme Fonts button to display a list of themed fonts. Again, Word’s live preview capability shows what each font selection will do to your document as you point to each one.

square_4.gif Customize Your Effects Theme

To change your theme effects, click to select the Theme Effects button to display a list of themed effects you can apply to your document. (These effects are shadows and 3D effects applied to various art elements in Office documents.)

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After you specify the font, color, and theme effects you want to apply to your document, and after you look over your document to ensure that the theme’s elements all work together to achieve the goals you had in mind, click the Themes button and then select Save Current Theme. Word displays a Save dialog box in which you can name your new theme and save it.

In subsequent sessions, when you display a list of themes, your custom theme will appear in the list.

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