Change the look and feel of Office with themes

You can change the look and feel of all your Office programs by changing the Office Theme.

How to change your Office theme

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To change the background color and design of all your Office programs, go to  File > Options > General > Office Theme.

Shows Office Theme options in PowerPoint 2016

Colorful theme

The colorful theme aligns with the visuals of our modern Office apps by bringing their primary accent color to the ribbon.

The colorful theme in Excel:
Shows the colorful themed ribbon in Excel 2016

The colorful theme in PowerPoint:
Shows the colorful themed ribbon in PowerPoint 2016

The colorful theme in Word:
Shows the colorful ribbon in Word 2016

Dark gray theme

The dark gray theme is perfect for those who prefer a softer take on high-contrast visuals. Here's an example of the dark gray theme applied to PowerPoint:

Shows PowerPoint 2016 with the Dark Gray theme applied

Black theme

This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

The Black theme provides the highest-contrast visual for your Office theme. Here's an example of the black theme applied to PowerPoint:

Shows the Black Theme in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

White theme

The white theme displays the classic look of Office. Here's an example of the white Theme in PowerPoint:

Shows PowerPoint 2016 with the White Theme applied.

On the Mac you can choose between two Office themes: Colorful or Classic. Additionally, if you're an Office 365 subscriber you can set macOS to Dark Mode and Office will respect that choice.

To change the Office theme click on the menu for your Office application (Word, Excel, etc) and select Preferences > General. Select the dropdown next to Office theme and choose the theme you want.

The Office Theme dropdown where the user can select Colorful or Classic theme

Dark Mode

This is a subscriber-only feature This feature is available to Office 365 Subscribers only.

To put Office in Dark Mode (AKA "Night mode") you need to change this setting in the macOS system preferences. Click the Apple menu at the top left, select System Preferences > General and at the top of the dialog box you can switch your macOS from Light to Dark. Here's an example of Word in Dark Mode.

The Ribbon of Word for Mac in dark mode

If you'd like to keep Dark Mode enabled for your OS, but want to turn it off for individual Office apps, go to the app preferences (For example: Word > Preferences) and on the General tab look for the Personalize group. There you'll find Turn off Dark Mode. Note that this setting only affects the current app, so if you want it turned off in Word AND Excel, for example, you'll need to repeat this step in each of those apps.

The checkbox for turning Dark Mode off.

Colorful theme

The colorful theme aligns with the visuals of our modern Office apps by bringing their primary accent color to the ribbon. Here's an example of the colorful theme in Word.

The ribbon in Word for Mac in Colorful theme

Classic theme

The classic theme is for customers who want the classic look of Office. Here's an example of the classic theme in Word.

The ribbon in Word for Mac in classic theme

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