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Changing Interface Color in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Learn about changing the interface color in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. This option is best suited for those who may find certain interface colors too bright, and want to change to some other color.

When PowerPoint 2016 for Mac is launched, you see the PowerPoint 2016 for Mac interface, as shown in Figure 1. Notice the bright orange color used for the interface.


Figure 1: PowerPoint 2016 for Mac interface

If you want, you can change the bright orange to light grey and end up with a different-looking PowerPoint program interface as explained in this tutorial.Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Create a new blank presentation, to bring up the PowerPoint 2016 for Mac interface (see Figure 1). Notice the bright orange Ribbon area. If you feel this bright orange color hurts your eyes, PowerPoint offers you one more color option for the interface.
  2. Choose the PowerPoint | Preferences menu option as shown in Figure 2.

  3. Figure 2: PowerPoint | Preferences menu option
  4. This brings up the PowerPoint Preferences dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. Within this dialog box, select the General option (highlighted in red within Figure 3).

  5. Figure 3: General option
  6. Within the Personalize section, note that the Colorful option is selected within the Office theme area as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4. This is the default Theme.

  7. Figure 4: Colorful option selected as the default Office Theme
  8. Now, click the downward pointing arrow within this box to bring up a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 5.

  9. Figure 5: Office theme drop-down list
  10. Here you'll find two color choices:
  11. Colorful (default)
    Classic


  12. 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 Classic. PowerPoint will indicate that your choice will be applied to all Office apps, as shown in Figure 6. Click OK to close this window.

  13. Figure 6: Theme choices apply to all Office apps
  14. Now you can see the changed the Theme color as shown in Figure 7. Compare Figures 1 and 7 to see the difference.

  15. Figure 7: Interface color changed

See Also:

Interface Overview: Changing Interface Color in PowerPoint (Index Page)

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