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Creating Custom Color and Font Sets

Creating Custom Color and Font Sets

You can create custom themes that include your own choices for fonts, colors, and effects. You can assign them names, and then share them with other computers and other users. This enables you to combine the qualities of different themes into a single theme that exactly meets your needs. Furthermore, you can also create your own custom font and color sets.

To create your own color set, follow these steps:

  1. In Word, choose Design, Colors, Customize Colors.
  2. In Excel, choose Page Layout, Colors, Customize Colors.

    In PowerPoint, on the Design tab, click the More button for the Variants group, point to Colors, and choose Customize Colors.

  3. In the Create New Theme Colors dialog box (Figure 7), open the drop-down list for each of the theme color placeholders and select a different color.
  4. Figure 7: The Create New Theme Colors dialog box.

    In most cases, you will want to choose one of the Standard Colors or click More Colors and then choose a color from the Colors dialog box. If you choose a color from the Theme Colors section, that placeholder will be defined as whatever color is assigned to that other placeholder. Sometimes that might be useful--for example, you might have Accent 1 be a 25% shade of whatever color was chosen for Accent 2. Normally, though, it just gets confusing.

  5. Type a name for your custom color theme in the Name box, and then click Save.

Creating a custom font set is very similar, except you are defining fonts instead of colors. Follow these steps:

  1. In Word, choose Design, Fonts, Customize Fonts.
  2. In Excel, choose Page Layout, Fonts, Customize Fonts.

    In PowerPoint, on the Design tab, click the More button for the Variants group, point to Fonts, and choose Customize Fonts.

  3. In the Create New Theme Fonts dialog box (Figure 8), open the drop-down list for each Heading Font and Body Font and select the fonts you want to use.
  4. Type a name for your custom font theme in the Name box, and then click Save.
  5. Figure 8: The Create New Theme Fonts dialog box.

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