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How do I remove built-in colors, fonts, formats.. and THEMES from powerpoint 2007?

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On a fresh install of powerpoint 2007, on the Design ribbon, you can see a whole set of built-in themes.  I have already messed around with them and created my own custom themes by changing elements and saving the theme, etc.  However, my company requires MANY custom themes for certain client presentations that require a specific look and feel.  The design team here doesnt want to see a long list of built-ins that they will never use spamming the view in the theme chooser.  Also, the built-in colors (with names like "Aspect" "Civic" "Concourse") and built-in theme fonts (with names like "Office" "Office2" "Office classic") are pretty much meaningless and take up important screen real estate.  I would like to replace those too, with all custom options.  So I have a couple of questions:

Can I remove those built-ins and replace the ENTIRE list with my companies custom themes?
Once I get my personal copy of powerpoint 2007 to have the right look and functionality, what steps would I have to take to export the customized Design ribbon (minus the built-ins) to other machines?

thanks!
-md
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You'll need to modify the THMX file and to do that you'll need to know XML code.

See: http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID=800
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THMX file?  I already looked into the zipped packge that powerpoint calls a PPTX file and found this file.  I kind of know how to edit XML, and I already saw the link you posted.  I've done basic edits and changed text in word docs.  

Can you be more specific on what tag/file  etc, where to look? how to get at those built-ins?

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Here's the location of files: http://blogs.3sharp.com/Blog/dougv/archive/2007/06/06/3319.aspx
You'll have to change all the theme files to be what you want.  I strongly recommend you get some formal training on Open XML before you start so you don't compromise your Office 2007 installation.

Echo has a primer on how to edit the colors in the theme files here:
http://www.echosvoice.com/2007/customcolors1.htm
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