Change the Default Color Scheme in Office 2010

Like in Office 2007 the default color scheme for 2010 is blue. If you are not a fan of it, here we show you how to change it to silver or black.

In this example we are using Microsoft Word, but it works the same way in Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint as well. Once you change the color scheme in one Office application, it will change it for all of the other apps in the suite.

Change Color Scheme

To change the color scheme click on the File tab to access Backstage View and click on Options.

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In Word Options the General section should open by default…use the dropdown menu next to Color Scheme to change it to Silver, Blue, or Black then click OK.

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Here is what Black looks like…who knows why Microsoft decided to leave the blue around the edges.

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This is the default Blue color scheme…

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And finally we take a look at the Silver color scheme in Excel…

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That is all there is to it! It would be nice if they would incorporate other color schemes to Office 2010, as some of you may not be happy with only three choices. If you’re using Office 2007 check out our article on how to change the color scheme in it.

Also, The Geek has a cool article on how to set the Color Scheme of Office 2007 with a quick registry hack.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+