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    palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    In the palette i would like to set default colours to appear, if you like "my template of default colours." Instead of having to drill down and set or select the default colours.

    Is this possible? So each time Word opens my defaults appear in the box.
    I would also like to set this in Excel and Powerpoint. - how would I do this default colors are set in my office applications.

    many thanks

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    You cannot change the palette in Word, it is hard-coded.

    In Excel, you can change it, in the Colors tab of Tools | Options... The changes you apply here are stored with the workbook, and you can copy the palette from another open workbook into the active workbook.

    In PowerPoint, design templates and color schemes are closely connected. You can select and edit them using Format | Slide Design.

    As you may guess, there is no Office-wide color palette.

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    thank you Hans

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    Just thinking...

    In Word would it be possible to create a new toolbar or menu that has our default colours set? THis would be for Font and Fill

    Is this easy to do?

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    As far as I know, the palette-type toolbar button is not available to users/programmers. You could create a toolbar with colored buttons, though, or a (sub)menu.

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    Thanks Hans

    Yes that worked as I created code with the exact hues and added the code onto a sub- menu for "Fonts" and will also create a sub-menu for "Fill"

    With Customise, Edit Button Image... are we limited to the colours specified in the palette which only is 16 bit?

    (perhaps this post may need to go in VBA )

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    In Word 2003 that Edit Button Image dialog has a 'Color Picker' section where you can change the colours to any RGB colour. I seem to remember (with my patchy memory) in the earlier versions of Word that you could double click a colour in the available palette to bring up the color picker. Does that work for you?
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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    You are limited to the 16-color palette this way (and no, Andrew, you cannot edit the colors in Word 2002 or before).
    But you can get approximate other colors by dithering, i.e. mixing colors from the 16-color palette, e.g. combining red and yellow to get orange.

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 XP SR3)

    Thank you Hans and Andrew

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 X

    Diana

    While you can't change the standard colours, it is possible to use other colours.

    In Word, all you need to do is make an appropriately-sized AutoShape with the colour you want, then copy it and - while customizing the toolbar - paste it as a button image (and then, perhaps, erase some of the shading colours that often get added around the edges). The button colour looks somewhat washed-out until you put the cursor over it, but that's the same with the standard colours anyway.

    It seems that the AutoShape needs to be 0.42cm x 0.42cm.

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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 X

    oh nice work William that worked <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 X

    Hi Diana,

    I am (obviously) coming into this posting quite late. I, too, have a need to provide a set of custom colors for everyone in our office. It sounds like you were doing something similar and I was hoping that you could give me more detail (and possibly an example) of the work that you did on this post.

    Thank you,
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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 X

    Hi MickeyMouse

    never too late...

    We have Office 2002 (XP)

    The solution I implemented is ...

    In Word - we have a custom toolbar, and I added a new menu button "Brand colours" . Behind the buttons is code to set the exact colour. As colour is applied differently to font, tables and objects I had to create a button for each . (see picture below)

    In Excel - I set the colours in menu Tools, Options, Colours...Modify

    In Powerpoint - we have a powerpoint template set with our brand colours, therefore by default these colours are picked up and displayed in the palette.

    We then pushed out these templates to all pc's.

    Prior to pushing out these changes, I would see users manually changing colours in a very labourious way. documents/excel spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations had incorrect corporate colours. The updated changes makes life easier for the users. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    diana
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    Re: palette set to my default colours (Word 2002 X

    Hi Diana,

    Thanks for the info.

    I have the Excel and Powerpoint process down and done. It is Word that I am having the problem with.

    We are also running Word 2002 (with SP3). Is it possible that you could share the process for building the custom toolbar and/or the code behind the buttons? I will do some data mining here in the Lounge as well.

    Thanks.
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