easy to enable Office 16 Black Theme but hard to keep - need help

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  1. kimvn

    kimvn MDL Junior Member

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    RobrPatty MDL Senior Member

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    Good question
     
  3. BigW

    BigW MDL Member

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    Why don't you change the theme in the UI. Yes I know it's deeply nested in the options but it seems that there are more steps to change the theme-settings than simply edit a key in the registry. You know evene MS want's to abondon settings in the registry.
     
  4. kimvn

    kimvn MDL Junior Member

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    I tried install Office 365 ProPlus > actived Black Theme > Uninstall Office 365 by default Windows Uninstaller > Install Office 2016 ProPlus and Black Theme still available but Office Theme name is blank. Unstill I change Office Theme, I lost Black Theme again.
     
  5. generalsu

    generalsu MDL Senior Member

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    It's not in the UI options. How would you change the UI settings?
     
  6. dhjohns

    dhjohns MDL Guru

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    #7 dhjohns, Jul 13, 2016
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    This works every time, but needs to be customized for each Office application you open, for example Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. I have a folder on my C drive called Customizations so these files are written for that specific folder. You would need to change the path if you put these three files in a different folder. Here are the three files 1) blacktheme.cmd
    Code:
    regedit.exe /S C:\Customizations\OfficeBlackTheme\blacktheme.reg"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\WINWORD.EXE"
    2)blacktheme.reg
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common]
    "UI Theme"=dword:00000004
    "PendingUITheme"=-
    3)blacktheme.vbs
    Code:
    Dim WinScriptHost
    Set WinScriptHost = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    WinScriptHost.Run Chr(34) & "C:\Customizations\OfficeBlackTheme\blacktheme.cmd" & Chr(34), 0
    Set WinScriptHost = Nothing
    Change the path of the shortcut in each program to go to the blacktheme.vbs, and you are good.
     
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