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How to Create a Color Scheme in PowerPoint

Each Microsoft PowerPoint theme includes a built-in color scheme to apply to your slides. If you don’t like the available choices, you can create custom color schemes in PowerPoint to use in your presentation.

1

Open the Design tab by clicking it on the Ribbon.

The Design tab kicks into action.

2

Select a color scheme to use.

Colors in a scheme work as a unit to make your presentation attractive.

3

Click the Theme Colors button and then choose Create New Theme Colors.

The Create New Theme Colors dialog box appears.

4

Click the button for the color you want to change.

For example, to change the first accent color, click the Accent 1 button. This summons a gallery of color choices.

5

Pick a color you like.

What’s your mood today: red, blue, green, something else?

6

If you don’t like any of the choices, click the More Colors button.

This brings up the Colors dialog box.

7

Click the color that you want and then click OK.

You’re whisked back to the Create New Theme Colors dialog box.

8

(Optional) Repeat steps 3 through 6 for any other colors you want to change.

You can recolor until your heart’s content.

9

Choose Save.

Your custom color scheme is saved.

The Standard tab of the Colors dialog box shows 127 colors, plus white, black, and shades of gray. To use a color that doesn’t appear in the dialog box, click the Custom tab to view the custom color controls.

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