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Apply a theme to a diagram

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Add a theme to give your Visio diagrams a professionally-designed look.

Apply a theme to a page

  1. Select Design.

  2. In the Themes group, select More.

    Screenshot of the Design > Themes toolbar options

  3. Point to a theme to see how it looks in the diagram.

  4. Select a theme to apply it to the page.

  5. In the Variants group, select More to select different colors and effects for the theme.

    Screenshot of Design > Theme > Variants toolbar display

Apply a different theme to a page in the same diagram

  1. Select Insert > New Page > Duplicate This Page.

  2. To change the title, select it and type in what you want.

  3. To change the theme, select Design and select a theme from the gallery.

Remove a theme or background

Do one of the following:

  • To remove a theme from a selected page, select Design > No Theme.

    Screenshot of Themes toolbar

  • To remove a background, select Design > Backgrounds > No Background.

Prevent themes from affecting a new shape

  1. Select Design.

  2. In the Themes group, select More.

  3. Select Apply Theme to New Shapes, if necessary, to clear it.

    Note: New shapes will not be formatted with a theme.

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Apply a professional look to your drawings with themes

Give your diagrams a consistent, professional look with Visio themes.

Themes are predesigned sets of coordinated colors and effects.

I have plenty to choose from.

To find them, I go to Design.

In the Themes gallery, I select the More arrow to show more Themes, and point to a theme to see how it looks in the diagram.

Then I choose the theme I want.

In the Variants gallery, I select the More arrow to choose from different variations of the same theme.

I select Colors to choose a new color scheme, Effects to choose different textures and styles, and Connectors to choose a new style for lines and arrows.

I can apply a different theme to a page in the same diagram.

I’ll go to Insert, select New Page, and then select Duplicate This Page to create another with the same theme.

To change the title, I select it and type a new one.

And to change the theme, I’ll go to Design and select a different one from the Themes gallery.

The new page remains unchanged.

If I don’t want any theme, I select the More arrow in the Themes gallery, and select No Theme.

Backgrounds are coordinated with themes, too.

I’ll go to Design, select Backgrounds, and choose a background for my page.

If I don’t like it, I select Backgrounds, and then No Background.

And it’s gone.

When you add new shapes to the diagram, they automatically reflect the applied theme.

But you can temporarily prevent that, if you want to add a plain shape.

Select Design, and select More in the Themes gallery.

Then select Apply Theme to New Shapes to clear the check box.

Now the new shapes you drag onto your drawing will be plain.

Using Themes, I’ve given my diagram a professional, thoughtful look.

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