Knowledge base KB0076

How do I map PowerPoint 2003 scheme colors to theme colors in PowerPoint 2007 and later versions?


think-cell 6 does not use all available colors from my template for its color scheme. I am using PowerPoint 2007 or later.


think-cell 7 uses the complete set of Microsoft Office design theme colors. To download think-cell 7 please visit our download page. In case the compatibility with Office 2003 is still needed, it can be ensured by using a restricted color scheme offered in the chart's floating toolbar.

Theme colors and scheme colors in PowerPoint

With Office 2007, Microsoft introduced new ways of working with colors. In essence, PowerPoint 2007 and later versions offer additional theme colors over the eight colors supported by the color scheme of PowerPoint versions up to 2003. think-cell 6 used only the scheme colors of PowerPoint 2003 by default, to ensure that think-cell chart colors stay intact when exchanging files between current and older PowerPoint versions.

We have prepared a sample slide to illustrate the mapping of PowerPoint 2003 scheme colors to PowerPoint 2007 theme colors.

How can I change my theme colors?

The theme colors in current PowerPoint versions have slightly different names compared to those in PowerPoint 2003, and in particular the Hyperlink and Followed Hyperlink colors are not easy to find in PowerPoint 2007 and later.

To change the theme colors in PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010, see Change Theme Colors on this Microsoft support website.

Microsoft changed the menus in PowerPoint 2013 and 2016. To achieve the same, see Change Theme Colors on this Microsoft support website.