Themes

Introduction to Design Elements

What you’ll learn to do: change the theme and transitions of a presentation.

Adding some design effects such as an attractive theme or smooth transition between slides can help your presentation stand out.

Themes

Learning Objectives

  • Change the theme on a presentation.

A theme is the overall visual look and scheme to a presentation in PowerPoint. Like many other features, it is quite easy to change the theme after a presentation has been created.

  1. Click on the Design tab.
  2. Select a new theme from the available options.
  3. Double-click on this theme.
A Microsoft Powerpoint deck is open with 3 slides created. There is a green arrow pointing at the design tab in the ribbon menu. An orange box shows that the first slide page has been selected. A pink arrow is pointing at one of the many design options.

The overall look and color scheme of your presentation will change. Compare the first screenshot to the one below.

A Microsoft Powerpoint deck is open with 3 slides created. A new design feature has been added making the slide deck more visually appealing.

You can also change the color scheme of a theme, before or after you apply it to a presentation. This is done from the Variants and Customize groups of the Design tab.

A Microsoft Powerpoint deck is open with 3 slides created. A new design feature has been added making the slide deck more visually appealing. A green box shows how to adjust the variants and how to customize the page.

Below are just a few of the options available in the Variants menu.

A Microsoft Powerpoint deck is open with 3 slides created. A new design feature has been added making the slide deck more visually appealing. A dropdown menu has emerged from the variants section under the design tab in the ribbon menu.

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