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Background: Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, OS X 10.7.4, MacBookPro5,1

I desperately want to change the theme fonts and colors to take advantage of the interface advantages of having these elements at the top of every menu and preloaded into styles. However I can't figure out how to do it. Every single resource I've found on the internet shows me how to change to another Microsoft-designed theme, usually hinting that it's possible to create a custom theme but not saying how or even where to look. It's infuriating.

The Theme Colors menu in Powerpoint (which in Word is inexplicably only visible in Publisher view, argh!) has a link fixed at the bottom of the link that says "Create Theme Colors" but for some reason this link isn't to be found in Word. And in Word and Powerpoint both there's no such link for fonts.

Would somebody please tell me how to do this one thing that in my opinion is absolutely crucial to using this seemingly central feature of one of the most often used professional computer programs in existence?

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In looking for exactly the same thing, I found that microsoft has developed a free Theme Builder. You can find it on the MS website and there is a good discription of it here. How to Create Personalised Themes for Office. The software is free (opensource) and Microsoft provides an explanation of how to use it here. MS Theme Builder. This explains the PC version but I imagine that it is the same process for Mac.

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The Theme Builder worked great. The link to the software was great too, since most links to it seem to be broken, especially internal Microsoft links (they go to link which needs a login but then says "not found, please report" but the instructions to report don't work). It's still too bad they couldn't put the color/font change in the actual program since Word and Powerpoint seem perfectly capable of saving the .thmx format, which imo is that hardest part. –  meustrus Jul 31 '12 at 20:55

You can customize a theme within Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 by blending the pre-built theme elements:

View/Publishing Layout/ Continue   # Access to a more-full-featured "Themes" toolbox
Home/Themes/Theme                  # Choose a starting theme
Home/Themes/[Aa]                   # Choose new fonts from a set of font palettes
Home/Themes/[colorbox]             # Choose new colors from a set of color palettes
Home=/Themes/Theme/Save Theme      # Save the modified theme under a new name
View/Printing Layout               # Revert to less featureful Themes toolbox

An alternate way to get access to the more featureful Themes toolbox is to check the box:

Word/Preferences/Personal Settings/Ribbon/Customize/Print Layout View/Layout/[]Themes

Note that switching between some "View"s edits your document irreversibly (e.g. View/Print into View/Notebook and back.) Grrr.

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Thanks for the answer. I've verified that you're right, but it isn't very useful to me to be able to mix and match the pre-built theme elements. I want to make custom font and color selections without being bound by what fonts Microsoft would look good together. For the purposes of the original question, I wanted to create a style with non-standard fonts so I could not use any Microsoft theme's fonts. The Theme Builder referenced in maveric's answer will allow me to do that. –  meustrus Jan 6 at 22:02

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