Here I started with the Office theme (a dark brown background) as provided by Microsoft when one clicks Design > Theme. I then clicked Colors in the Design Tab and chose the Essential scheme just to illustrate changing color to a lighter brown. To add the graphic to all of the slides, I had to work with the Slide Master. Go to View Tab, & click Slide master. There are several different Masters. This is the one for the Title Slide. I went to Insert > Clip Art and chose this graphic which I added in lower right hand corner. NOTE: must separately change the Master for the typical Bullet/Content style slide – Adding graphic here will NOT carry over to other slides.
To change background color of slides, go to Design Tab, and click Down-Arrow beside colors to get many choices. The Left most square indicates background color of slide, other squares indicate color of text, clickable URLs, etc. See next slide for examples of how changes.
Blue is Pushpin Cranberry is Opulent Dark Gray, almost Black is Aspect
I had to change the Master for this type of slide. (Even tho the Title Slide to open a presentation was brown, Microsoft’s defaults provided an off-white for all the other types of slides). Go to View > Slide Master and click on the third one in the sidebar (says Content & Layout if hover mouse over it) I chose this brownish background – not quite the same as what appears on Title slide, but closest I could come from the choices given. Then I changed the color of the Text to this yellow. I also changed the font used for Bullet entries to Calibri (instead of the Serif style Book Antiqua that Microsoft had used). I also had to change the style of the bullets and their color. Also removed the divider line between title and bullet area because the curlicue did not seem to fit with rest of slide. I searched for dividers in Clip Art to find this rather plain brown divider which I then used Picture Tools > Color to change to this more reddish version.
After writing these bullet entries, I highlighted entire bullet text, clicked Down facing arrow in lower right hand corner of Paragraph section of Home toolbar. Went to Spacing section of dialog box (near bottom) and changed the “space after” to 12 points. Moved the Text box downward and narrowed it to give more pleasing layout.
Powerpoint: Modify default Microsoft Templates
Created by Professor Pat April 5, 2011 For the Women & Computers Class
To change Colors of a Microsoft Theme: Click Design > Colors
Different Color Choices for each “Theme” Microsoft’s ‘Hardcover’ default color scheme for the Office ‘Theme’ I changed to ‘Essential’ color scheme Other Options ‘ Pushpin ’ (blue) ‘ Opulent ’ (Cranberry) ‘ Aspect ’ (Dark Gray almost Black)
<ul><li>To make your ordinary slides similar to the Title slide, must modify the “Content & Layout” Master. (Changes made in the Title Master do not carryover to other slides.) </li></ul><ul><li>Added same graphic from Clipart used on Title Slide. </li></ul><ul><li>Changed background color for off-white to this brownish. </li></ul><ul><li>Changed Font color to yellow & changed from Book Antiqua to Arial for font to be used in bullet text. </li></ul><ul><li>Changed Bullet Style & Color to these yellow arrows. </li></ul><ul><li>Removed the default divider – wrong color, too much of a curlicue style – to this plain divider which I also changed from default brown to more reddish. </li></ul>Modifying Content & Layout Master
<ul><li>This may not be the most aesthetically pleasing template, but at least my slideshow does not look like a million other ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic not one I would most desire, but best I could find from Clipart choices for use here. </li></ul><ul><li>To perfect, might want to draw one’s own “book” graphic or seek a better one on web. </li></ul>My own Bookish Template