Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., use a basic theme by default. However, if you want, you can change the Office theme according to your requirements. You can set a Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, White, etc., theme.
Once you set a theme and want to prevent users from changing the theme for some reason, such as to comply with company policies, you need to use Local Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.
As an administrator, you can stop users from changing your organization’s default Microsoft Office theme.
In this growupwindows article, you’ll learn to block changing themes in MS Office using Local Group Policy Editor and Registry Editor.
How to Stop Users from Changing Default Office Theme using Local Group Policy Editor?
To prevent or block users from changing the default organization Office theme using Group Policy, use these steps:-
Step 1. First, install the Office’s Group Policy template on your Windows 11 or 10 machine.
Step 2. Next, open Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 3. When the Local Group Policy Editor window appears on your computer, navigate or browse to the following path on the left side:-
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2016 (Machine) > Global Options > Customize
Step 4. Then, double-click on the
Step 5. Choose
Step 6. Select a theme in the “Theme” drop-down menu you want to set for all users.
Step 7. Click the
Step 8. Click the
Step 9. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.
Once you complete the above steps, user accounts on your PC cannot change the Microsoft Office program’s theme.
To allow changing the MS Office theme, repeat the above steps and choose the
How to Block Users from Changing Default Office Theme through Registry Editor?
To stop or prevent users from changing the default Office theme using Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor, use these steps:-
Step 1. First, launch Registry Editor.
Step 2. Then, browse or navigate to the following key in the left sidebar of the Registry Editor window:-
Step 3. Next, right-click on the
Step 4. Name the newly created key to
Step 5. Now, right-click on the
Step 6. Name the newly created key to
Step 7. Next, right-click on
Step 8. Name the newly created key to
Step 9. Now, on the right-side pane of
Step 10. Name the newly created REG_DWORD to
Step 11. Now, double-click on the
- 0 – Colorful theme.
- 3 – Dark Gray theme.
- 4 – Black theme.
- 5 – White theme.
Step 12. Click
Step 13. At last, restart your computer to apply the changes.
To revert the changes to default, navigate or browse to the following key in the Registry Editor:-
On the right side of