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Design Slides with PowerPoint Themes

A theme is a set of design elements you can apply to slides in your presentation. Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 includes 20 carefully crafted themes you can use to give your PowerPoint presentations a professional look. Each theme includes these basic components:

  • Colors: Four colors to use for text or backgrounds and six accent colors.

  • Fonts: A heading font and a regular text font.

  • Background styles: Background colors and effects such as patterns or gradient fills.

  • Design effects: A set of elements such as bullet and line styles.

To apply a theme to an entire presentation, click the theme in the Themes group on the Design tab. If the theme you want isn’t visible, scroll to display it.Click the down arrow in the Theme gallery to display an expanded themes list.

Get links to more free PowerPoint themes in the Theme Gallery.
Get links to more free PowerPoint themes in the Theme Gallery.

To apply a theme to specific slide(s), select the slide(s), right-click the theme, and choose Apply to Selected Slides.

Each PowerPoint theme includes a color scheme with 12 coordinated colors chosen by design professionals:

  • Four Text/Background colors: The primary colors for your presentation. One from each pair is used for text, and the other for the background.

  • Six accent colors: Colors used for slide elements that complement the text and background colors.

  • Two hyperlink colors: Colors used only when your presentation includes hyperlinks.

When you apply a theme, its color scheme is applied. However, PowerPoint lets you change the color scheme.

To change a color scheme but not the theme, click the Theme Colors button at the top-right of the Themes group to display drop-down list from which you can choose a color scheme.

You can apply the Opulent theme, but use the Verve color scheme.
You can apply the Opulent theme, but use the Verve color scheme.

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