Changing text colours and fonts in a PowerPoint theme

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I spent a good chunk of yesterday afternoon working on a presentation that I need to deliver tomorrow.  We have a corporate presentation template but it only really covers the basics (background, standard fonts, etc.).  I wanted to change the colour of hyperlinks (because the default blue/purple, depending on whether the link has been clicked or not, did not fit well with the other colours on my slides) but I couldn’t work out how until I stumbled across a blog post from Springhouse Education and Consulting Services.

It seems that the secret sauce is:

  1. Go to the Design tab
  2. In the top right of the Themes grouping, click on the Colors down arrow
  3. Select Create New Theme Colors located at the bottom of the list
  4. Select the desired color for the Hyperlink as well as the Followed Hyperlink

[Springhouse Education and Consulting Services]

Whilst I was messing around with font colours, I also added a new font to the theme (we have a corporate typeface that’s used in our external communications but not normally used internally). To do that:

  1. Go to the Design tab
  2. In the top right of the Themes grouping, click on the Fonts dropdown
  3. Select Create New Theme Fonts located at the bottom of the list
  4. Select the desired fonts for the Headings as well as the Body

These instructions are for PowerPoint 2007 but I’m sure the process is similar in PowerPoint 2010.

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