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

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

To change the colors of the current workbook

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

Themes in Excel 365

   2.   Click Customize Colors...:

Colors in Excel 365

   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 365
    • Select the colors that you want to use:
      New Color in Excel 365

    Repeat this step for all of the theme color elements that you want to change.

  • Under Sample, you can see the effect of the changes that you make.
  • In the Name box, type an appropriate name for the new theme colors.
  • Click Save.

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

To make changes apply to all new workbooks

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 365

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

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

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

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes

See also this tip in French: Comment modifier les couleurs par défaut qu'Excel utilise pour les séries de graphiques.

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