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Application Colours

Sets the colours for the Office user interface. You can save the current settings as colour scheme and load them later.

To access this command...

Choose Tools - Options - Office - Application Colours.

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Colour scheme

Save and delete colour schemes.


Selects the colour scheme you want to use.


Saves the current settings as a colour scheme that you can reload later. The name is added to the Scheme box.

Name of colour scheme

Enter a name for the colour scheme.


Deletes the colour scheme shown in the Scheme box. You cannot delete the Default scheme.

Custom Colours

Select the colours for the user interface elements.

To apply a colour to a user interface element, ensure that the box in front of the name is checked. To hide a user interface element, clear the check box.

Some user interface elements cannot be hidden.

To enhance cursor visibility, set the application background colour between 40% and 60% grey, it is automatically changed to 40% grey.

The Automatic colour setting changes the user interface element to the preset colour from the colour scheme.

The colour settings for "Visited links" and "Unvisited links" only apply to documents created after the settings are applied.