Create or delete a custom theme color

You can create a customized color scheme, also known as theme colors, in PowerPoint and use it in other Office applications. Find a standard theme color that you like, and then modify and save it in PowerPoint. The next time that you create a new PowerPoint presentation, Word document, or Excel workbook, you can use the theme color that you created.

Create a new theme color

  1. On the Design tab, click the arrow under Variants, and point to Colors.

    Point to Colors

  2. Click Customize Colors.

  3. Click a color box that you want to change. For example, Accent 1.

  4. Click a new color in the Colors dialog box.

    Click a color

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each color you want to change.

  6. Close the Colors dialog box.

  7. In the Name box, type a name for your custom theme color, and then click Save.

    The theme color is applied to the current presentation.

Apply your new theme color to a new document

  • On the Design tab, click the arrow under Variants, point to Colors, and then click the name of the theme color you created.

    Point to Colors

Delete a custom theme color

  1. In the Mac OS X Finder, find your custom theme color in /Users/ Username/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Themes/Theme Colors.

  2. Drag the file with your custom theme color — for example, Custom 1.xml — to the Trash.

    Note: The deleted theme color remains in the Colors list on the Design tab until you quit and then reopen the Office applications.

Do any of the following:

Create a new theme color

  1. On the Themes tab, under Theme Options, click Colors, and then click Create Theme Colors.

    Themes tab, Theme Options group

  2. Click a color that you want to change, and then click Change Color.

  3. Click a color that you want, and then click OK.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each color that you want to change.

  5. In the Name box, type a name for your custom theme color, and then click Apply to All.

    The theme color is applied to the current presentation.

Apply your new theme color to a new document

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

    Themes tab, Theme Options group

Delete a custom theme color

  1. In the Mac OS X Finder, find your custom theme color in /Users/ Username/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Themes/Theme Colors.

  2. Drag the file with your custom theme color — for example, Custom 1.xml — to the Trash.

    Note: The deleted theme color remains in the Colors list on the Themes tab until you quit and then reopen the Office applications.

See also

Customize and save a theme in PowerPoint for Mac

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