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Changing Interface Color in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn about changing the interface color in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher






When PowerPoint 2016 is launched, you see the Presentation Gallery, as shown in Figure 1. Notice the bright orange section on the left side of the Presentation Gallery.

Presentation Gallery
Figure 1: Presentation Gallery

Yes, you can change the bright orange to something else and end up with a different-looking PowerPoint program interface. We show you how to change the interface color in this tutorial.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Choose any of available Themes within the Presentation Gallery, such as the Blank Presentation option (see Figure 1). This will create a new, blank presentation, and show you the PowerPoint 2016 interface (see Figure 2). Notice the bright orange Ribbon area. Doesn’t this bright orange color hurt your eyes? Fortunately, PowerPoint 2016 offers you with three more color options for the interface.
  2. PowerPoint 2016 interface
    Figure 2: PowerPoint 2016 interface
  3. Choose the File menu to bring up the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 3. Now, select Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
  4. PowerPoint Backstage view
    Figure 3: PowerPoint Backstage view
  5. This brings up the PowerPoint Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 4. Make sure that the General option is selected within the sidebar (highlighted in blue within Figure 4). On the right side of the dialog box, locate the Office Theme option (highlighted in red within Figure 4) within the Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section.
  6. PowerPoint Options dialog box
    Figure 4: PowerPoint Options dialog box
  7. Note that Colorful is the option selected within the Office Theme selection box (refer Figure 4); this is the default option. Now, click the downward pointing arrow within this box to bring up a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 5.
  8. Office Theme drop-down list
    Figure 5: Office Theme drop-down list
  9. Here you'll find four color choices:
  10. Colorful (default)
    Dark Gray
    Black
    White
  11. With the Colorful option chosen, you end up with bright orange Ribbon area within your PowerPoint interface, as shown in Figure 1, earlier on this page. Choose another color option such as Dark Gray and click the OK button. We changed the interface color into Dark Gray (see the Figure 6).
  12. Interface color changed to Dark Gray
    Figure 6: Interface color changed to Dark Gray
  13. Note that any changes you make to the interface color in PowerPoint 2016 also apply to any other Office 2016 applications installed on your computer such as Word and Excel. Also, when the cursor is placed on the Notes option on the Status Bar, that area gets highlighted in a brighter orange hue (refer to bottom area of Figure 6, above).
  14. Now select the Black color option within the Office Theme drop-down list (refer to Figure 5, shown earlier on this page), and click the OK button. This causes the interface color to change to black, as you can see in Figure 7. Notice that the Status Bar and other highlighted areas now sport a darker grey color. This is the new color option, as explained in our Black Interface in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial.
  15. Interface color changed to Black
    Figure 7: Interface color changed to Black
  16. Now, select the White color option within the Office Theme drop-down list (refer to Figure 5, shown earlier on this page), and click the OK button. This causes the interface color to change to bright white, as you can see in Figure 8. Notice the bright white Ribbon area and the bright orange Status Bar.
  17. Interface color changed to White
    Figure 8: Interface color changed to White

When you change the interface color, notice that the bright orange section on the left side of the Presentation Gallery also changes. Figure 9 shows the Presentation Gallery with Black selected as the interface color (compare with Figure 1).

Presentation gallery displaying changed interface color
Figure 9: Presentation gallery displaying changed interface color


See Also:

Changing Interface Color in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Changing Interface Color in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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