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Excel 2013 - Change default theme

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Hi,

Is it possible to change the default color theme in Excel and if it is, how do I do it?
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@Vestfrost - I presume you are referring to the general scheme (i.e., toolbars, workbooks, etc.) and not Page Layout themes.  This appears to be a common complaint concerning Office 2013.

At present, MS only provides three options: White, Light Gray and Dark Gray.  You can change which of these is being used by going to File > Options > General > Office Theme drop-down.  There doesn't appear to be any plans by MS to offer other color schemes beyond a boilerplate "thank you for your feedback/we are evaluating user preferences" response.

I did find an interesting link concerning attempts to identify and hack the default color schemes, but it doesn't appear that the author has finalized as yet (see the October 7th post in the "Notes" section).  It might be worthwhile to keep an eye on this:

Office 2013 Theme Hack

(This link takes you to OfficeThemHacker.WordPress.com.  Specifically, it shows a proposed theme hack for Office 2013 to a dark purple theme.  At present, it is merely a concept, but appears that work is actively being progressed by the author.)
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