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Where Are the Office Themes and Templates Located?

Explore the default location of built-in Office Themes on your computer.

Haven’t you seen the Themes that PowerPoint shows you when you want to create a new presentation? Where are those Themes located? Many times, you want to know why this information as easily accessible as it should have been. Luckily, we will try and solve this problem in this article.

We will look at where the built-in Themes are located. If you want to find the location where your custom Themes and templates are saved, explore our Where Are Custom Office Themes and Templates Saved? page.

Where Are Built-in Office Themes Located?

Depending upon where you installed Microsoft Office, the built-in Themes may be located in one of the subfolders. By default, this translates to these folder locations:

Office 365 on Windows 10

Office 2019 on Windows 10

Office 2016 on Windows 10, 8, and 7

Multiple locations may contain the Themes installed with the program:

  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Root\Document Themes 16
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Document Themes 16
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Root\Document Themes 16
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Document Themes 16
  • C:\Users\˂Username˃\AppData\Roaming\ Microsoft\Templates\LiveContent\ 16\Managed\Document Themes\˂LocaleID˃
  • C:\Users\˂Username˃\AppData\Roaming\ Microsoft\Templates\LiveContent\ 16\User\Document Themes\˂LocaleID˃
  • C:\Users\˂Username˃\AppData\Roaming\ Microsoft\Templates\LiveContent\ 16\Managed\Document Themes\˂LocaleID˃

List of Locale IDs

Office 2016 on Mac OS X

Funnily enough, you cannot find any Themes anywhere within an Office 2016 installation. Follow these steps to access the Themes:

  1. Access the Macintosh HD:Applications folder. Locate the Microsoft PowerPoint icon, as shown in Figure 1, below.

  2. Figure 1: Microsoft PowerPoint icon
  3. Now Ctrl+click (or right-click) this icon, and choose the Show Package Contents option in the resultant menu, as shown in Figure 2, below.

  4. Figure 2: Show Package Contents
  5. You will now see the innards of the PowerPoint application! Browse to the Contents:Resources:Office Themes folder, where you will find all the Themes you have been looking for (see Figure 3 below).

  6. Figure 3: Office Themes folder


Office 2013 on Windows 10, 8, and 7

Multiple locations may contain the Themes installed with the program:

  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Root\Document Themes 15
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Document Themes 15
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Root\Document Themes 15
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Document Themes 15
  • C:\Users\˂Username˃\AppData\Roaming\ Microsoft\Templates\LiveContent\ 15\User\Document Themes\˂LocaleID˃
  • C:\Users\˂Username˃\AppData\Roaming\ Microsoft\Templates\LiveContent\ Managed\Document Themes\˂LocaleID˃
  • C:\Users\˂Username˃\AppData\Roaming\ Microsoft\Templates\LiveContent\ 15\Managed\Document Themes\˂LocaleID˃

List of Locale IDs

Office 2011 on Mac OS X

Macintosh HD:Applications:Microsoft Office:Office:Media:Templates:Office Themes

Office 2010 on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Document Themes 14

Office 2008 on Mac OS X

Macintosh HD:Applications:Microsoft Office:Office:Media:Templates:Office Themes

Office 2007 on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Document Themes 12


Note: These paths assume that you installed to your C drive (on Windows) or the Macintosh HD drive (on Mac OS X). If you installed to another drive, you will substitute the drive in your path. Also, you may have changed the name of your Microsoft Office folder to Microsoft Office 2016 or a similar name for other versions of Microsoft Office. In that case, your paths may differ on account of different folder names.

Related Links: Where Are Custom Office Themes and Templates Saved? | Which Themes are Installed within Office Versions?