How to change the default colors that Excel uses for chart series

Every workbook uses a palette of 56 colors, but you can change palette for the current workbook or even change the default colors for new workbooks.

To change colors of the current workbook:

    1.    On the Page Layout tab, in the Themes group, click Theme Colors:

Themes in Excel 2007

    2.    Click Create New Theme Colors...:

Colors in Excel 2007

    3.    In the Create New Theme Colors dialog box, under Theme colors, click the button of the theme color element that you want to change:

Create New Theme Colors in Excel 2007

    4.    Under Theme Colors, select the colors that you want to use:

New Color in Excel 2007

In the Create New Theme Colors dialog box, under Sample, you can see the effect of the changes that you make.

    5.    Repeat step 3 and 4 for all of the theme color elements that you want to change.

    6.    In the Name box, type an appropriate name for the new theme colors.

    7.    Click Save.

Note: To revert all theme color elements to their original theme colors, you can click Reset before you click Save.

If you would like to make these color changes apply to all new workbooks that you create, you need to create a default workbook template.

    1.    On the Page Layout tab, in the Themes group, click Themes.

    2.    Click Save Current Theme:

Save Current Theme in Excel 2007

    3.    In the File Name box, type an appropriate name for the theme.

Note: A custom document theme is saved in the Document Themes folder and is automatically added to the list of custom themes.

    4.    Click the Microsoft Office Button ms office button , and then click Save as...

    5.    In the Save as dialog box, select Excel Template (*.xltx). Choose the XlStart folder as the location, and use book.xltx as the filename.

The location of the XLStart folder may vary, but it is usually located here:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\XLStart

    6.    Click Save.

After performing these steps, you can create a new workbook, based on this template, by clicking the New button on the Standard toolbar. The new workbook will be based on your book.xltx template file-and it will have the modified color palette.

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