How to Change Colors & Fonts

by Danielle Dalton
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Hello!  Thanks for downloading one of our presentation templates.  We know you’re excited to get going and to create a great presentation. We frequently get the question, “How do I change the colors in my template to match my company colors or my product’s colors?” Well, good news: we’ve answered that question below  so you can start making a presentation sure to wow the crowd. Find the computer system below that you’re using to get started.

Powerpoint for Mac

Want to change the color of an object or shape in your template?

  1. Click on the object/shape you’d like to change.  In my example, I want the Facebook logo to be blue instead of pink.
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.00.16 PM
  2. Notice the format tab that appears between the home tab and the the theme tab in the ribbon at the top of your screen.  (The ribbon is the list of tabs where you can find the tools to adjust different parts of your presentation.  If you don’t see a ribbon on your screen, click View and then Ribbon from the drop down menu at the top of your screen.)  Click on the format tab.
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.00.31 PM
  3. Locate the paint bucket that says “Fill” beneath it.
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.00.58 PM
  4. Select the new color you would like your object or shape to appear.
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.01.14 PM
  5. Voilà!  You’ve changed its color.  You can use this technique to change the color of any object/shape throughout your entire presentation template.

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.01.38 PM

Want to change the color of your text instead of the objects/shapes?

  1. Click and highlight the text you would like to change colors.
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.02.23 PM
  2. Click to the format tab in the Ribbon.
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.00.31 PM
  3. Beneath the “Text Styles” section of the format tab, click on the letter “A” that when you hover on it displays a tool tip that says that it will allow you to change the fill of the letter (The fill is the color the letter appears).
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.02.39 PM
  4. Once you click on the letter “A” that allows you to change the fill of the letter, select the new color you’d like the text to appear.
    Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 8.02.46 PM

You’re done!  Now the text will appear to be that color.  This can be repeated for any text in your presentation that you can edit.

PowerPoint for Windows

Need to change the color of an object or shape in your template?

  1.  Click on the object/shape you’d like to change.  In my example, I want the Facebook logo to be a darker blue than it appears here.
    Snip #1 Select Object
  2. Notice a format tab appears in your ribbon.  (The ribbon is the list of tabs where you can find tools to make adjustments to your presentation template.  The ribbon is located at the top of your screen.  If you don’t see a ribbon in the PowerPoint on your computer, click View and then Ribbon from the drop down menus at the top of your screen.)  Select the format tab.
    Format Ribbon
  3. In the format tab, select the “Shape Fill” button next to the bucket of paint.  Format Ribbon View
  4. Select the color you’d like from the choices that appear when you click on the “Shape Fill” button and you’re set to go.  You’ve now successfully changed the color of an object.

BlueLogoLooking to change the color of your text?

  1. Highlight the text you would like to change colors.
    Change Text
  2. Click on the format tab in the Ribbon.
    Format Ribbon
  3. In the format tab, select “Text Fill” and choose a color from the drop down menu that appears.Shape and Text Fill
  4. Congratulations, you’ve now changed the color of any text in your presentation!  If you’d like to make further enhancements, you can change the color of the outline of the text (Select the “Text Outline” option) or play with special effects under the “Text Effects” option.

Regardless of the system you’re using, they’re are plenty of ways to tweak your presentation to your liking.  Any other customization questions?  Just tweet us at @improvedslides.  We’re here to help you succeed!

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