Knowledge base KB0105

How can I change the default colors of think-cell charts?

think-cell uses Microsoft PowerPoint's theme colors for many chart elements (e.g., axes, text, arrows, etc.). These colors are taken from the theme colors of your presentation file. If the defaults are designed correctly, think-cell will follow seamlessly when you switch the color scheme.

In general, it is advisable to store these defaults in a PowerPoint template file (*.potx) and to derive all new presentations from this template file. Please refer to the PowerPoint help for information on how to do this.

If you want to change the default font used for think-cell please refer to KB0100.

Changing your presentation's color theme in PowerPoint

The colors think-cell uses in charts are Accent 1 - Accent 6. The colors think-cell uses for text and chart decorations (see 8. Chart decorations) are Text/Background Dark 1 or Text/Background Light 1.

PowerPoint 2010:

  1. In the ribbon, go to Design.
  2. In the group Themes, click on Colors.
  3. From the drop-down list choose Create New Theme Colors…

PowerPoint 2013 & 2016:

  1. In the ribbon, go to View > Master Views > Slide Master.
  2. A new ribbon tab will appear: Slide Master.
  3. Click Slide Master > Background > Colors.
  4. From the drop-down list choose Customize Colors…
  5. After modifying the colors, click Slide Master > Close > Close Master View.

Using different colors in think-cell

With a think-cell style file you can define colors which differ from PowerPoint's template colors. Style files also let you define your own menus and work on a per-template or per-file basis. For details, please refer to the user manual in C. Customizing think-cell.