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Microsoft Word/Font colors: Standard, Recent, and Custom


Hello Mary,

In Word (2007) there are "Standard" colors, "Recent" colors, and "Custom" colors. Choosing a Standard color means not having to go into "More Colors" and choose, on each occasion, a Custom color (thus, to make  it a "Recent" one.)

As regards a particular custom color font I use a lot, I somehow and long ago managed to reassign it so it has ever since appeared in my Standard Colors pallet (immediately available when I click on the Fonts icon). The trouble is, I have never been able to repeat this handy trick with other Custom or Recent colors. This means that every time I want to use another (regularly chosen) Custom color I must go through the full and irritating process

So, how do I do that (again)?


Hi Paul,

Thanks for the question.

If I understand correctly, here is what I believe you should do.

On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Change Styles, then Colors. Click Create New Theme Colors and assign your colors as appropriate. Save the theme with an appropriate name. For illustrated instructions, see or (or the Microsoft version at

Note that if you are distributing templates that use your color theme, you must also distribute the *.thmx file that contains your theme.

Hope this helps.

Mary Lindsey
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