Identify the Active Theme in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to identify the active Theme name in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Unlike the Windows versions of PowerPoint which shows the active Theme name on the Status bar, the Mac version does not show the active Theme name anywhere on its interface. If you need to know the active Theme's name for any open presentation, how do you find this information? You can find the name of the Theme applied to the presentation following the steps explained below:
- Launch PowerPoint 2011 to bring up the
PowerPoint 2011 interface, as shown in
Figure 1. Open any existing presentation or just continue with the blank presentation that
PowerPoint brings forth, as shown in Figure 1, below. Now select the Themes tab
of the Ribbon (highlighted in
red within Figure 1).
Figure 1: Themes tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Themes tab, locate the Themes group which displays a collection
of Themes, as shown in Figure 2. Hover the cursor over these Theme previews -- a down-arrow appears as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Themes in PowerPoint 2011
- Click the down-arrow (highlighted in red within Figure 2,
above) to bring up the Themes drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Themes drop-down gallery
- Within the Themes drop-down gallery, the active Theme that the existing presentation is
based upon is visible within the top section named This Presentation (highlighted in
red within Figure 4). If you hover the mouse cursor over the Theme
preview thumbnail, you will see a tool tip that shows the name of the active Theme (refer to
Figure 4 again).
Figure 4: Active Theme and its name displayed within the Themes drop-down gallery
- In some cases, it's possible that your active presentation has more than one Theme applied. This may happen
if not all slides in your presentation use the same Theme. In this case, bring up the Themes
drop-down gallery as explained earlier on this page. Within the This Presentation section, you will see more than one Theme, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, below.
Figure 5: Multiple Themes within the This Presentation section of the Themes drop-down gallery
- Hover the mouse cursor over the Theme preview thumbnail, to find out the Theme's name and also to which
slide(s) a particular Theme is applied, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 6: Tool tip shows Theme name and slide number(s) it is applied to
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