How to Add or Change Themes in Google Slides

If you have already created a presentation and you want to replace its theme with one from our templates (for example), in this tutorial you’ll learn how to import a theme in your Google Slides presentation. You’ll also learn how to change the colors of a theme

Changing a Theme

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Click Themes, located in the toolbar. The Themes panel will open in the right side of the screen. You can also open this panel by clicking Slide → Change theme.
Themes panel in Google Slides
Themes panel in Google Slides
  • In this panel you’ll find all the default themes of Google Slides. To see the themes that your document is using, click the “In this presentation” drop-down arrow.
Themes used in this Google Slides presentation
List of themes used in the presentation

Please note that when you use a new theme in Google Slides, since it is applied to all of the slides, the previous theme will be removed, unless it’s a Google Slides default theme. In that case, you’ll find it on the list of default themes. Besides, it’s not possible to apply a theme to selected slides only, unlike PowerPoint.

Importing a Theme

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Open the Themes panel from the toolbar (if you don’t know how to use it, please refer to the “Changing a Theme” section).
  • In the Themes panel, click Import theme. A new window will open, in which you can browse your presentations or upload a PowerPoint presentation (from the Upload tab). Once you’ve chosen the presentation that contains the theme you want to import, click Select. Another window will open, in which you can select the theme to import.
Importing a theme into a Google Slides presentation
Importing a theme
  • Once you’ve selected the theme, click Import theme. Please note that when importing a theme, it will be applied to the entire presentation and any other previous theme will be removed.
Importing a theme into a Google Slides presentation
Importing a theme
  • If you click the Layout drop-down arrow, you’ll see the layouts of this new theme. If you want to learn how to change the design (layout) of a slide, please refer to this tutorial: How to Change the Design in Google Slides.
Layouts of an imported theme in Google Slides
Layouts of an imported theme

Editing the Colors of a Theme

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Click View → Master, or Slide → Edit master.
Accessing the master slides in Google Slides
Accessing the master slides in Google Slides
  • Go to the toolbar and click Colors. A new panel will open on the right side of the screen.
Theme Colors panel in Google Slides
Theme Colors panel
  • From the drop-down menu, select the color group you want to edit. You can then enter a hex code or select any color from the color selector.
Editing the colors of a theme in Google Slides
Editing the colors of a theme
  • Once you’ve selected the color, close the panel and then close the master slide editor by clicking the “X” button. The changes will be applied to your presentation.
Applying the changes to the palette in Google Slides
Applying the changes