Change or remove a theme

Which Office program are you using?


Word

A theme is a combination of theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.) and theme fonts (theme fonts: A major and minor font that is applied to a style. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.). All documents contain a theme. The default is the Office theme, which has a plain background and limited colors.

VisChange from the current theme to another theme

  1. On the Home tab, under Themes, click Themes, and then click the theme that you want.

Home tab, Themes group

 Tips!    Themes work together with styles. To see theme changes, make sure that you have applied styles to headings and body text.

VisChange colors, fonts, or backgrounds to change the look of a theme

Use a different set of colors for a document

Theme colors help to ensure that different elements in the document coordinate with each other and contribute to a unified look. Themes use different colors for elements in a document, such as fonts, color fills in tables, charts, shapes, or lines. Themes work more effectively when text is formatted by applying styles.For more information about how to apply a style, see Apply, change, create, or delete a style.

  1. On the View menu, click Publishing Layout.
  2. On the Home tab, under Themes, click Colors, and then click the theme color that you want.

Publishing Layout View Home tab, Themes group

Change the fonts throughout a document

If you want to change the fonts throughout a document, there is an easier way than selecting all the text and changing the font. You can change the fonts for all headings and body text in one step.

  1. On the View menu, click Publishing Layout.
  2. On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Fonts, and then click the font palette that you want.

Publishing Layout View Home tab, Themes group

Change the background color of a document

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.
  2. On the Layout tab, under Page Background, click Color, and then click the color that you want.

 Tips!    To coordinate with other theme elements — such as fonts, SmartArt, and chart colors — select a theme color.

Use a picture as a document background

A picture, such as a logo, that is used as a background is also known as a watermark.

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.
  2. On the Layout tab, under Page Background, click Watermark, and then click the color that you want.
  3. Click Picture.
  4. Click Select Picture, and then locate the picture that you want to use as a watermark.
  5. Select the options that you want.

 Tips!    

  • If the picture watermark makes it difficult to read the text, select Washout to lighten the picture.
  • You can use the Scale pop-up menu to change the size of the picture watermark.

VisFollow these practices for best results

A theme is a collection of specific fonts and colors. When any of these elements is formatted manually, that formatting overrides the theme. For example, if your document uses the Courier font and you manually format some of the text as Tahoma, reapplying or changing the theme will not affect the text that is Tahoma.

To return manually formatted elements to the theme settings, see the following steps.

Make your text use the theme font

Each theme has two sets of fonts, one for headings and another for body text. If your text is a heading, use the Theme Headings font. Otherwise, use the Theme Body font.

  1. Select the text that you want to change to a theme font.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click the arrow next to the font box.
  3. To change text to a theme font, click the Theme Headings font or the Theme Body font.

A check mark shows that the Theme Headings font or the Theme Body font is selected

Font pop-up menu

VisRemove a theme

In Word, all documents must contain a theme. Therefore, you can’t actually remove a theme, but you can apply a different theme. If your goal is to display very little or no color in your document (a plain look), apply the default Office theme.

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.
  2. On the Home tab, under Themes, click Themes, and then click the Office theme.

Home tab, Themes group

VisIf the document still has a background color or picture that you want to remove

  1. Click the Layout tab.
  2. Under Page Background, do one of the following:
To remove Do this
A picture Click Watermark, and then click No watermark.
Background color Click Color, and then click No Fill.

See also

Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles

PowerPoint

A theme is a combination of one or more slide layouts with coordinating theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), a matching background, theme fonts (theme fonts: A major and minor font that is applied to a style. Theme colors, theme fonts, 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 colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.). All PowerPoint presentations have a theme. The default is the White theme. You can choose a theme when you start a new presentation, or apply a theme to all slides or a group of slides as you go.

VisChange from the current theme to another theme

  1. On the Themes tab, under Themes, click the theme that you want.

Themes tab, Themes group

To see more themes, point to a theme, and then click More Down Arrow.

VisChange colors, fonts, or backgrounds to change the look of a theme

Change the color palette

You can create a totally new look for a presentation by changing the color palette. The color palette affects the colors of shapes, text, SmartArt objects, backgrounds, and design elements. Changes are more obvious if you first apply a theme that is not White or Black.

  • On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Colors, and then click the color palette that you want.

Themes tab, Theme Options group

Change the fonts throughout a presentation

If you want to change the fonts throughout a presentation, there is an easier way than selecting all the text on each slide and changing the font. You can change the fonts for all headings and body text in a presentation in one step.

  • On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Fonts, and then click the font palette that you want.

Themes tab, Theme Options group

Change the slide background for all slides

  1. On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Background.

Themes tab, Theme Options group

  1. Click the background style that you want.


 Notater 

  • For more background options, click Format Background.
  • To remove a background, on the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Background, and then click the white background.

Use a picture as a slide background

  1. On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Background.

Themes tab, Theme Options group

  1. On the pop-up menu, click Format Background.
  2. In the sidebar, click Fill, and then click the Picture or Texture tab.
  3. Click Choose Picture, find the picture that you want to use as a background, and then click Insert.

 Tips!    To fade the picture so that it better serves as a background image, move the Transparency slider to the right. Or, to use a smaller version of the picture as a repeating background image, select the Tile check box.

  1. Do one of the following:
To apply changes to Click
The current slide Apply
All slides Apply to All

VisFollow these practices for best results

A theme is a collection of specific fonts, colors and slide layout (slide layout: A set of placeholders for text, graphics, and other elements that appear on a slide. These placeholders determine the placement and formatting of all the elements on a slide.). When any of these elements is formatted manually, that formatting overrides the theme. For example, if your presentation uses the Courier font and you manually format some of the text as Tahoma, reapplying or changing the theme will not affect the text that is Tahoma.

To return manually formatted elements to the theme settings, see the following steps.

Make your text use the theme font

Each theme has two sets of fonts, one for headings and another for body text. If your text is a heading, use the Theme Headings font. Otherwise, use the Theme Body font.

  1. Select the text that you want to change to a theme font.

 Tips!    You can hold down SHIFT to select more than one text box or object that contains text. If you cannot select an object or text on a slide, modify the slide master.

  1. On the Home tab, under Font, click the arrow next to the font box.
  2. To change text to a theme font, click the Theme Headings font or the Theme Body font.

A check mark shows that the Theme Headings font or the Theme Body font is selected

Font pop-up menu

Restore theme layouts

If you apply a theme and some slides do not change to theme layouts, the layouts were probably changed manually. For example, if you move a heading to a different place on the slide or change the position of a table, those items have manually formatted layouts that do not change when the theme changes.

  1. Click the item that you want to restore to the theme layout, such as a repositioned heading.
  2. On the Home tab, under Slides, click Layout, and then click Reset Layout to Default Settings.

Home tab, Slides group

VisChange the theme of selected slides

Sometimes a presentation contains a slide or two that does not work well with some themes. For example, if you have a diagram or flow chart that takes up most of the slide, you might not want design elements or background colors to take up room or to distract from the rest of the slide.

  1. Hold down COMMAND and in the navigation pane, click the slides you want to change the theme on.

VisHow to select slides in the navigation pane

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.
  2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.
  1. On the Themes tab, under Themes, point to the theme that you want, hold down CONTROL , and then click Apply to Selected Slides.

Themes tab, Themes group

To see more themes, point to a theme, and then click More Down Arrow.

 Tips!    To create the look of a blank slide, click the White theme.

VisRemove a theme

In PowerPoint, all presentations must contain a theme. Therefore, you can’t actually remove a theme, but you can apply a different theme. If your goal is to display very little or no color in your presentation (a plain look), apply the White theme.

  1. On the Themes tab, under Themes, click White.

Themes tab, Themes group

To see more themes, point to a theme, and then click More Down Arrow.

See also

Create and apply your own theme

Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles

Set a default theme for your presentations

Excel

A theme is a combination of 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 major and minor font that is applied to a style. Theme colors, theme fonts, 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 colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.). All documents contain a theme. The default is the Office theme, which has a plain background and limited colors.

VisChange from the current theme to another theme

  1. On the Home tab, under Themes, click Themes, and then click the theme that you want.

Excel Home tab, Themes group

VisChange colors, fonts, or backgrounds to change the look of a theme

Use a different set of colors for a workbook

Theme colors help to ensure that different elements in the document coordinate with each other and contribute to a unified look. Themes use different colors for elements in a workbook, such as color fills in tables, charts, shapes, or lines.

  • On the Home tab, under Themes, click Colors, and then click the theme color that you want.

Publishing Layout View Home tab, Themes group

Change the fonts throughout a workbook

If you want to change the fonts throughout a document, there is an easier way than selecting all the text and changing the font. You can change the fonts for all headings and body text in one step.

  • On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Fonts, and then click the font palette that you want.

Publishing Layout View Home tab, Themes group

VisFollow these practices for best results

A theme is a collection of specific fonts and colors. When any of these elements is formatted manually, that formatting overrides the theme. For example, if your spreadsheet uses the Calibri font and you manually format some of the text as Courier, reapplying or changing the theme will not affect the text that is Courier.

To return manually formatted elements to the theme settings, see the following steps.

Make your text use the theme font

Each theme has two sets of fonts, one for headings and another for body text. If your text is a heading, use the Theme Headings font. Otherwise, use the Theme Body font.

  1. Select the text that you want to change to a theme font.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click the arrow next to the font box.
  3. To change text to a theme font, click the Theme Headings font or the Theme Body font.

A check mark shows that the Theme Headings font or the Theme Body font is selected

Font pop-up menu

Restore theme colors to chart elements

If you apply a theme and some chart elements do not change to theme colors, they probably have manual formats applied.

  1. Select the chart object for which you want to restore theme colors.
  2. On the Format tab, under Chart Element Styles, click the arrow next to Fill, and then click Automatic.

Chart Element Styles group

Restore the theme color to a SmartArt graphic

If you apply a theme and some parts of a SmartArt graphic do not change to theme colors, they probably have manual formats applied.

  1. Select the object for which you want to restore theme colors.
  2. On the Format tab, under Reset, click Reset Graphic.

 Obs!    Reset Graphic also changes the positions of the shapes to match the original configuration.

Excel SmartArt tab, Reset group

VisRemove a theme

In Excel, all workbooks must contain a theme. Therefore, you can’t actually remove a theme, but you can apply a different theme. If your goal is to display very little or no color in your document (a plain look), apply the default Office theme.

  1. On the Home tab, under Themes, click Themes, and then click the Office theme.

Excel Home tab, Themes group

See also

Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles

 
 
Gjelder:
Excel for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2011