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 our knowledge base article: KB0100: How can I change the font color?

Changing your presentation's color theme in PowerPoint

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

PowerPoint 2007 & 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 ViewMaster ViewsSlide Master.
  2. A new ribbon tab will appear: Slide Master.
  3. Click Slide MasterBackgroundColors.
  4. From the drop-down list choose Customize Colors…
  5. After modifying the colors, click Slide MasterCloseClose Master View.

Please note that think-cell 6 does not support all available PowerPoint theme colors. For further information, refer to KB0076.

Using different fill 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 at Appendix C: Customizing think-cell.