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Transfer Themes in Office 2007

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Have you ever found yourself working on a Word document or Excel workbook and wishing you could apply that really cool theme you used in a PowerPoint presentation the other day? And I don’t mean just a blanket theme setup… you took the time to change the colors and fonts to make it “just right”.

Or, what about the times when the reverse situation is true?

Maybe you had a great theme set up in an Excel workbook, the colors looked amazing in the charts and the font was just perfect. Now you’d like the same setup for your PowerPoint presentation…

Can it be done without the hassle of jumping back and forth between the two programs trying to create the same settings?

You bet – and it’s way easier to do than you think!

So, let’s say we’re in PowerPoint and we’re looking to transfer the theme from an Excel file to our current presentation.

Don’t bother opening Excel – we can do it all in PowerPoint.

We need the Design tab, Themes section.


Click the bottom down-arrow on the themes list and choose Browse for Themes.

The Choose Theme or Themed Document dialog box will open.

Navigate to the file with the theme that you want applied to your presentation. Select it and then click Open.

Voila! The presentation is now set with the design elements from your workbook.

Basically it works the same in all the Office 2007 programs.

Although, while PowerPoint has a Design tab on the Ribbon, the others use a Page Layout tab.


You’ll find the Themes section on the far left end of that tab.

It doesn’t get any easier than that when it comes to transferring all those settings from one file to another.


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