How To Change Colors on Multiple Powerpoint Slides

by on October 17, 2011 · 8 comments


I recently received this email question from a reader regarding editing Powerpoint slides:

Can I change all the font colors, headers, footers, etc in one place or do I need to edit each slide?

The easy answer is YES, you can make these changes in one place!

If your client comes back with changes to their Powerpoint slides after you’ve completed the whole job, it’s very easy to make these changes without going to each and every slide to edit.

Step #1: Open your file and click the VIEW tab.

Select the View Tab

Step #2: Click the “SLIDE MASTER” icon.

Choose Slide Master

This brings up the main design (it won’t have your copy or graphics but that’s OK)

Step #3: Highlight what you want to change on the slide and choose your colors, fonts, or effects from the “EDIT THEME” box.

Edit Powerpoint Theme

Edit Powerpoint Theme

Step #4: When changes are made, then switch back to “NORMAL” view and you’ll see your text & graphics with the new changes.

Switch Back to Normal View

If you come across any questions regarding Powerpoint or any of the steps in this Powerpoint-to-Video tutorial, please leave a comment below.

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Eileen lonergan October 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Thank you!


Shashank November 13, 2011 at 3:06 am

Thank you .
this was really useful.
good job


Dave March 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

All I am trying to do is change the font color on multiple slides and I don’t seem to be able to understand how to make that change based on the instructions you have given. I know it must be very simple, but I follow the steps and seem to get completely lost at step 3. Please help.


Christina Lemmey March 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

Hi Dave. The way I described in the article is really to change all the colors of the theme. If you just want ONE color changed, still go into the MASTER SLIDE view, then click the HOME link. Highlight what you want changed and click the FONT COLOR icon (the capital A with the line of color under it), choose your color, then exit out of the MASTER SLIDE view. Now all your slides will have that color changed. Sorry my directions were confusing! Let me know if you have any other problems.


Zoli April 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

Thank you.

Although I could manage to get almost every slide of an 89 slide-ppt from {dark blue background+white/very light blue text} to a more readable {white background+black text} “printer friendly” version with your instructions unfortunately some of the slides still have light blue text on them. All I could do is select the text of each slide and set them to black. Is there a way to check what the difference is between slides that makes the text on some of the slides remain light blue?

Thanks in advance!


Christina Lemmey April 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

Hi Zoli.

I know what you mean because I’ve also run into that problem before. Are you using an original slide design or one of the Microsoft ones? I assumed I had the problem because it was a Microsoft design with limited editing allowed. But now I’m curious…there must be an easier solution but I’ll have to do some research first.


Jace August 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

Thank you for the timesaver…. clear, concise – Well Done!


Christina Lemmey September 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

You’re welcome Jace…I’m all about saving time!


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