(Last Updated On: March 28, 2024)

As you may know, themes play a crucial role in any successful project. Choosing the right theme helps create a consistent visual design for the whole project. So, let’s explore how to work with themes in ActivePresenter 9 through today’s article. 

The article covers two main parts as follows:

Overview of Themes

Basically, a theme is a predefined combination of design components: Theme Colors, Theme Fonts, Preset Background Styles, and Slide Master.

Overview of themes
  • Theme Colors are a set of colors. ActivePresenter comprises sets of built-in theme colors that determine the default color choices for text, background, fill styles, and outlines.
Theme Colors and Theme Fonts
  • Theme Fonts are a set of fonts that are meant for heading and body text. Particularly, each theme font has a font for the heading and a font for the body.
  • Preset Background Styles come with each theme. So, using preset backgrounds, you can modify the slide background for the whole project quickly.  
Background styles
  • Slide Masters give a uniform appearance for your presentation. Each theme contains a slide master and a related set of layouts. Besides, different themes use different slide layouts.
Environment slide master

Work with Themes

In general, ActivePresenter 9 provides a lot of themes that appear in the theme gallery. The app offers you two ways to use themes. First, create a new theme-based project. Perform this task by going to the Start Page. For further details, see How to Create a New Project.

Second, change the theme of the whole project or some specific slides. Regarding this technique, there are four major tasks as shown below.

Preview Themes

Now, access the Design tab to open the theme gallery. By default, ActivePresenter 9 applies the plain theme (called Blank theme) to a newly created project. 

The picture below shows thumbnail previews of themes in the theme gallery. The theme currently applied to selected slides will be displayed with a gray outline in the This Project section. Meanwhile, the Custom section contains all themes you’ve created (called custom themes). Lastly, the Built-in one displays all pre-made themes that ActivePresenter 9 offers you. By hovering your mouse over each thumbnail, you can see how the theme changes the appearance of your project.

Preview themes

Apply and Manage Themes

Now, to apply a theme, just select a slide, and then click any theme thumbnail. This way, the theme is applied to all slides that use the same Slide Master as the selected slide. Slides based on other Slide Masters remain unchanged. It’s as simple as that!

Slides from one Slide Master

In addition, ActivePresenter 9 provides you with more options to apply and manage themes To see them, right-click any theme thumbnail.

right-click theme thumbnail

Here, you can:

  • Apply to Matching Slides: This option works the same way as when you click the theme thumbnail.
  • Apply to Selected Slides: This applies the theme to selected slides only. The option is practical when you need to use different themes for different slides.  
  • Apply to All Slides: This changes the theme of all slides in your working project to a new theme.
  • Delete…: This option is available only for custom themes, not supported for built-in themes and any themes currently used in your project. Select it to remove the theme from ActivePresenter. By doing so, that theme no longer appears in the theme gallery.  
  • Set as Default Theme: This lets you set a theme as default for new projects. After that, whenever you start a new project, it will use that default theme.


If you have any theme (.aptheme) files created before, there are two ways to reuse them. Now, do one of the following:

  • Copy those files to C:\Users\<user_name>\Documents\ActivePresenter Templates (for Windows) or /Users/<user_name>/Documents/ActivePresenter Templates (for macOS)). Then, restart the app, and you will see your themes appear in the theme gallery. 
  • Click Browse for Themes… and look for a theme file in your file system.

Customize Themes

ActivePresenter 9 allows you to make changes to the applied theme if you like. So, do either of the following:

  • Change Theme Colors.
  • Change Theme Fonts.
  • Modify the Preset Background Style.  
  • Add or customize items on Slide Master.

Save Custom Themes

To save the current theme and use it in other projects, select Save Current Theme… from the bottom of the theme gallery. Then, choose a name for your theme and click Save.

So, we have walked you through how to work with themes in ActivePresenter 9. Download the app right now and start creating your projects. 

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