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Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to apply Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
OS: Apple Mac OS X

January 5th 2011
January 5th 2011






Why Why Just Colors and Fonts?
Applying Theme Colors
Applying Theme Fonts


Why Just Colors and Fonts?

Applying a new Theme to a PowerPoint presentation completely changes the appearance of all slides in the presentation. This change happens because a Theme influences the Theme Colors, Theme Fonts, Theme Effects, Theme Backdrops and much more. However there are circumstances when you really don't require such a complete makeover or metamorphosis. In that case, you can still change only Theme Colors and Theme Fonts and leave all other Theme attributes unchanged.

I showed you how you can apply a Theme in Office 2011 in PowerPoint, Word, or Excel for Mac -- in this tutorial, we'll see how you can apply Theme Colors and Theme Fonts only in PowerPoint 2011.

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Applying Theme Colors

Each PowerPoint presentation includes at least one built-in Theme Color set -- in addition, PowerPoint installs many Theme Color sets by default -- a Theme Color set comprises 12 individual coordinated colors that are carefully chosen using color science principles.

Remember -- Although the Theme Colors gallery only displays 8 colors (look at Figure 2 later on this page), be assured that each Theme Color set in fact has 12 colors -- the first two background/text colors are normally black and white -- so they are not displayed. In addition, the last two colors representing the colors of hyperlinked text are also not displayed in the Theme Colors gallery.

Follow these steps to choose a set of Theme Colors:

  1. Open or create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

  2. Select the Themes tab of the Ribbon. Within this tab, you will find the Theme Options group that includes the Colors and Fonts buttons (highlighted in red in Figure 1).

    Theme Colors and Theme Fonts Options
    Figure 1: Theme Colors and Theme Fonts options

  3. Click on the Colors icon to bring down the Theme Colors gallery that you can see in Figure 2.

    Theme Colors gallery in PowerPoint 2011
    Figure 2: Theme Colors gallery

    The highlighted Theme Color set is the one already applied to the open presentation - in Figure 2, the highlighted Theme Color set is Office, but as you can see, there are many other Theme Color sets such as Grayscale, Adjacency, Apex, etc.

  4. Scroll down the Theme Colors gallery to see more Color sets. Once you find the Theme Color set that you want to use, just click on it to apply it to the open presentation. Just like PowerPoint 2008 for Mac, PowerPoint 2011 also applies the Theme Colors set to all slides in the presentation, and won't allow you to apply a Theme Color set to just selected slides in a presentation.

Tip: Changing Theme Colors on a set of text slides won't show too much of a difference -- this works best when you have slides with plenty of shapes, charts, SmartArt, etc.

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Applying Theme Fonts

A Theme Font set comprises two fonts:

  1. The first font is used for the slide titles and headings.
  2. The second font is for everything else.

Some built-in Theme Font sets use the same font family for both purposes -- and that's perfectly fine!

Follow these steps to apply a new set of Theme Fonts:

  1. Open or create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2011.

  2. Select the Themes tab of the Ribbon. Withithin this tab, locate the Theme Options group that includes options for applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts (refer to Figure 1 above).

  3. Click on the Font icon to bring down the Theme Fonts gallery that you can see in Figure 3.

    Theme Fonts gallery
    Figure 3: Theme Fonts gallery

  4. Scroll down and locate the Theme Font that you want to use. Thereafter click on it to apply the Theme Fonts set to all slides in the open presentation. Just like PowerPoint 2008 for Mac, PowerPoint 2011 also applies the Theme Fonts set to all slides in the presentation, and won't allow you to apply a Theme Fonts set to just selected slides in a presentation. Save the presentation when you are done.

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See Also:

Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac
Applying Theme Colors and Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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