Prevent themes from affecting a shape

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You may not always want a theme to apply to every shape in a drawing. For example, if your drawing includes a traffic sign shape, you probably don’t want the shape fill color or pattern to change when you apply a theme.

To prevent themes from applying to a specific shape you can either not allow themes for that shape, or you can protect the shape from theme colors or theme effects.

Do not allow themes for a shape

  • Right-click the shape, point to Format, and uncheck the Allow Themes command.

Protect a shape from theme colors or theme effects

  1. Select the shape.

  2. On the Format menu, click Protection.

  3. In the Protection dialog box, select the From theme colors or From theme effects check boxes.


    • If you want to use a text, line, or fill color that doesn’t change hue when you apply a theme, click the arrow next to the Text Color, Line Color, or Fill Color tool on the Formatting toolbar, and then select one of the colors under Standard Colors.

    • Some of the shapes that are included with Microsoft Office Visio are not affected by themes, by default. Allowing themes to affect these shapes can cause unexpected results.

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