This chapter describes how to customize think-cell, i.e., how to change default colors and other default properties.
The following properties can be changed using style files: The list of available colors and patterns (see Color and fill)
The list of available color schemes (see Color scheme)
The colors of Harvey ball and checkbox (see Checkbox and Harvey ball)
The list of available lines styles for the line chart and all connectors. The list of available markers for line charts and scatter charts
The first sections describe creating and loading a style file and explain how to deploy it in an organization. An understanding of these tasks is required in any case. Afterwards, you may either follow the Style file tutorial to create your own style file or go through the format reference in Style file format.
Simple modifications to an existing style file can be made using any text editor. A new think-cell style file should be created using a dedicated XML editor. It will support you by automatically checking for errors and making suggestions on how to solve them. Our recommendation for such an editor and tips for setting it up is described at
A dedicated XML editor will typically highlight errors in your document, and with a keyboard shurtcut such as Ctrl-Spacebar you can trigger auto completion: the editor will offer a choice of tags, attributes or values applicable to the current context (position of the text cursor). If you move the mouse over highlighted errors, you will get a tooltip with a detailed explanation of the error.
Several sample style files are delivered together with think-cell and you can find them in the subfolder styles in the think-cell installation folder. First, find out the location of the installation folder. It is shown when you click About in the More menu.
Open this folder and go to the subfolder styles, e.g.,
Open the file example_style_default.xml. It should look like this:
The editor automatically checks your file for errors. You can display an error list by clicking on View > Error List:
Make sure that there are no warnings or errors indicated before you save an edited style file.
Of course, any other editor that supports XML also works. The file needs to be saved with an .xml extension.
To load a style file, choose Load Style File... from the menu More. In the dialog, navigate to the folder with the style file, choose the file and click Open. It is used for any new charts in the current presentation.
For example, after you load the sample style file example_style_complex.xml from the styles directory in think-cell’s installation path, the color and color scheme property controls will include customized items.
If you want to apply a style’s colors or color schemes in existing charts, you need to do so manually.
Load Style File... loads a style file into the master slide of the current presentation. When the presentation is distributed as a PowerPoint template, the think-cell style is implicitly distributed as well. It should not be necessary to give a think-cell style file to individual users. Switching between styles is accomplished by switching between PowerPoint templates.
In think-cell’s installation directory (usually C:\Program Files\think-cell), in the subdirectory styles, you can find the style file example_style_default.xml. This style mirrors the colors and color schemes that are available immediately after installation when no style is loaded. Therefore:
Note that you can only use colors that have been defined in the fillLst section (see steps 3.-5.) above. In particular, if you removed any colors in step 3., you must remove those colors from the color schemes, too.