Change the Look of Office 2016 Using Microsoft Office Themes

Posted by David Thibault  /  March 4, 2016  /  Office 2016   —   11 Comments ↓

officethemes11.pngAre you wondering if you can customize how the Office 2016 programs look, making them more personalized and easier on the eyes?

Well, the answer is you can. There are now three different Microsoft Office themes to choose from: colorful, dark gray, and white.

The colorful theme, the default setting, makes it easy to distinguish which Office program you are in because each program has its own bright color. If you’re looking for more contrast try the dark gray, and for less contrast choose white. 

How to Change Your Microsoft Office Theme

  1. Open any Microsoft Office 2016 program.
  2. Click on the File tab and choose Account.
  3. Under the Account options click on the drop down just below Office Theme.
  4. Choose an Office Theme.


The Colorful Theme

Each Microsoft program displays its primary accent color in the ribbon.

Word 2016
Colorful Microsoft Office Theme - Word

Excel 2016
Colorful Microsoft Office Theme - Excel

PowerPoint 2016
Colorful Microsoft Office Theme - PowerPoint

Outlook 2016
Colorful Microsoft Office Theme - Outlook

One Note 2016
Colorful Microsoft Office Theme - OneNote

Dark Gray Theme

For more of a contrast look and feel.
Dark gray Microsoft Office theme

White Theme

For a lighter look and feel.
White Microsoft Office theme

Change Your Theme on Only One Computer

Changes made to the Office theme will carry over to all other computers connected to your Microsoft account. If you would like to change the theme on only one computer then follow the steps below.

  1. Click on the File tab and Options.
  2. Under General Options and Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office choose one of the Office themes from the drop down.
    Change your Microsoft Office theme on only 1 computer
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P.S. You might also enjoy our past series of posts on screen resolution and other adjustments you can make to see your screen easier!

Topics: Office 2016