Save a Custom Theme in PowerPoint

Save a Custom Theme in PowerPoint

Created: Thursday, May 14, 2020, posted by at 9:45 am

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A reader asked how they could create a custom Theme in PowerPoint and share it with others in their company.

Now, creating a theme is a specialized art and although you can technically create a Theme or template, it’s not the same as commissioning a subject-matter expert to create one for you. Now that I have provided this caveat, let’s get to the part where you can create a Theme.

To create a custom theme, you will have to start with a basic theme such as the default Office Theme. This is applied when you choose the Blank Presentation option in the Presentation Gallery within PowerPoint, as can be seen in Figure 1, below.

Blank Presentation

Blank Presentation
Figure 1: Blank Presentation

Thereafter make Theme-specific changes such as:

  • Adding backgrounds in the Slide Master,
  • Changing Theme Fonts, and
  • Changing Theme Colors.

It’s a good idea to first save this file as a conventional PowerPoint file with the PPTX file extension. When you are happy with your changes, it’s time to save this creation as a custom Theme. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Design tab of the Ribbon, and click the More button highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.
  2. More button in Design tab

Theme Save Locations

Depending upon your version of PowerPoint and your operation system (Windows or macOS), your Theme’s default save locations may differ.

Look at our Where Are the Office Themes and Templates Located? page to understand better.

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