Change the color of text

In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can change the color of text on one or all of the slides in your presentation, or you can quickly and easily format a whole document to give it a professional and modern look by applying a document theme. A document theme is a set of formatting choices that includes theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), theme fonts (theme fonts: A set of major and minor fonts that is applied to a file. Theme fonts, theme colors, and theme effects compose a theme.), and theme effects (theme effects: A set of visual attributes that is applied to elements in a file. Theme effects, theme colors, and theme fonts compose a theme.).

 Note   To change the color of hyperlink text, see Change the color of hyperlink text. To change the background color of one or more slides, see Apply a background picture, color, or watermark to your slides.

What do you want to do?


Change the text color on a slide

  1. Select the text that you want to change.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the arrow next to Font ColorButton image, and then select the color that you want.

To change to a color that is not in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

 Note   To change the color of hyperlink text, see Change the color of hyperlink text. To change the background color of one or more slides, see Apply a background picture, color, or watermark to your slides.

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Change the text color on all slides

You can change the text color on all your slides at the same time if you created your presentation using one or more slide masters. For more information about slide masters, see the following articles:

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Change the theme colors

You can change the colors in your document (but keep the same document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.)) by selecting a new theme color (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.). When you choose a new theme color, PowerPoint 2010 automatically formats various parts of your presentation with colors that work well together.

  1. On the Design tab, in the Themes group, click Colors.

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  1. Under Built-In, click the theme colors that you want to use.

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Create custom theme colors

Changes that you make to theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.) immediately affect your presentation. If you want to apply your changes to new presentations, you can save them as a custom theme color.

  1. On the Design tab, in the Themes group, click Colors.

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  1. Click Create New Theme Colors.
  2. Under Theme colors, select the colors that you want to use.

The sample is updated automatically every time that you select a color.

  1. In the Name box, type a name for the new color theme, and then click Save.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010