Add color and design to my slides

You’re not a professional designer but you want your presentation to look like you are – ‘themes’ do all that for you – you just pick one and go!

When you open PowerPoint, you’ll see the built-in, colorful slide designs (known as ‘themes’) that you can apply to your presentations.

Choose a theme when you open PowerPoint

  1. Pick a theme.

    Shows Themes in PowerPoint under File > New

    Tip    These built-in themes are great for widescreen (16:9) and standard screen (4:3) presentations. To change the screen size, see Change the slide size to standard or widescreen.

  2. Choose a color variation, and then click Create.

    Shows Theme color variation options in PowerPoint

Change the theme or variant of your presentation

If you change your mind, you can always change the theme or variant later on the Design tab.

  1. On the Design tab, pick a theme with the colors, fonts, and effects that you like.

    Tip    To preview how the current slide looks with a theme applied, rest your pointer over the thumbnail of each theme.

  2. To apply a different color variation of a particular theme, in the Variants group, pick a variant.

    Shows PowerPoint theme variants

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Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016

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