Changing the Office Theme colors

So are you tired of the normal color background and theme of your Office apps, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote? Well, you can change them, and here’s how you do it.

In my Outlook client, I have the Office Theme set to “Colorful”. Granted, it’s not very colorful, but I don’t get to choose the wording here:


To change it, I click the File tab in the Ribbon Bar and go to Options:


In Outlook Options, click on General and go to the Personalize Your Copy of Microsoft Office section. It’s there where you’ll find the Office Theme settings. In this case, I’m going to go with the Dark Gray theme:


Once I click OK, all my backgrounds and menu areas are now showing as various shades of gray:


Same goes for when I open up an email. The body area is still white, but all the other areas are gray:


Feel free to play around with the various options and see if one of the color themes work better for you in terms of making the applications easier to see and read. Also keep in mind that setting the theme in any one of the Office applications will set it for *all* the applications.

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