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How to Change the Presentation Theme in PowerPoint 2013

All presentations in PowerPoint 2013 have a theme, but the default theme — simply named Blank — is so plain that it’s almost like it isn’t there at all. Blank uses a white background, black Calibri text, and no background or design graphics.

A theme is a design set that you apply to a PowerPoint presentation to change several elements at once, including the background, color scheme, fonts, and the positions of the placeholders on the various layouts. Word and Excel also use themes, but in PowerPoint, the theme feature is exceptionally strong and full featured.

You can switch to a different theme from the Design tab. Click the More button in the Themes group to open the Themes gallery and make your selection. In this exercise, you change a presentation’s theme.

  1. Open the file.

  2. Click the Design tab.

  3. Click the More button in the Themes group, opening the Themes gallery.

    See the figure.

  4. Point at several themes with the mouse and check out the previews for them on the slide behind the open gallery.

  5. Click the Main Event theme.

    Hover the mouse pointer over a theme to see its name pop up in a ScreenTip.

  6. Click each of the slides in the Slides tab to see the effect that the new theme has on each one’s content.

    This figure slide 1, for example.

  7. Save the presentation.

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