Apply a colorful theme to your presentation in PowerPoint Online

PowerPoint Online comes with themes—sets of professionally designed layouts, fonts, and colors. After you select a theme, all your slides will follow that look.

Choose a theme when you create a new presentation

You can quickly apply a theme when you're starting a new presentation:

  1. On the File tab, click New.

  2. Select a theme.

    Apply a theme

Change the theme design or color of an existing presentation

  1. On the Design tab, pick a theme.

    Pick a theme

  2. Select from one of the four color variations for that theme.

    Pick a variant

Start with a blank presentation

If you want a blank white presentation to start with, create a Blank Presentation.

  1. On the File tab, click New.

  2. Select Blank Presentation.

    A new presentation opens with a white background.

Change a colorful theme to a blank one

Every presentation has a theme, but you can make yours blank by selecting the Office Theme.

  1. On the Design tab, in the Themes group, select the first theme at the top left of the gallery, Office Theme.

    The Office Theme has a blank white background

Custom themes

PowerPoint Online doesn't offer the ability to save a custom theme. If you'd like to see this feature added to PowerPoint Online, please go to our suggestion box to vote for it.

Change the background of your slides

You can simply change your slide background without using a theme. For more information, see Change the background of your slides.

Apply a theme to one slide?

Themes apply to all slides in a presentation. But if you are an Office 365 business subscriber, you can use PowerPoint Designer to get design ideas for individual slides while working with a blank presentation. For more information, see Create professional slide layouts with PowerPoint Designer.

See Also

Change the background of your slides in PowerPoint Online

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