Remove or change the current theme

You have a theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.) applied to your presentation that you want to remove or change.

In PowerPoint, all presentations must contain a theme. Therefore, when you remove a theme, you must change to a different theme. If your goal is to display little to no color in your presentation (a plain look and feel), apply the Office Theme.

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Change the current theme

  1. On the Design tab, in the Themes group, click More.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To apply a built-in theme, under Built-In, click the theme that you want.
    • To apply a newly-created theme or an existing theme that you modified and saved, under Custom, click the theme that you want.

Custom is available in the Themes gallery only if you created one or more custom themes. For more information about customizing a theme, see Customize and save a theme in PowerPoint 2010.

  • To apply a custom theme or themed document stored in a different location, click Browse for Themes, and then locate and select the theme you want.
  • To download free themes from Office.com, click More Themes on Microsoft Office.com. Scroll to locate at theme. Double-click a theme, and then click Download.

If you are unable to download a theme from Office.com, note the name of the theme, open PowerPoint, and in the Search Microsoft Office.com box, type the theme name or the web address of the theme, and then click the arrow. Click to select the theme, and then click Download.

Change the theme to one with minimal color

  1. On the Design tab, in the Themes group, click More.
  2. Under Built-in, locate and click the Office Theme.

Click 'Office Theme'

The Office Theme is a built-in theme

Links to more information about themes

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010