Creating a Slide Theme in PowerPoint 2008

Please note: to view these PowerPoint illustrations at a larger size, click on the images.

To create a simple Art History style PowerPoint 2008 theme, first open a new presentation. The Formatting Palette will appear on the right side; if it does not, click on the “Toolbox” icon from the menu bar. On the Formatting Palette, select Style 4, which is a black background with white text.


To ensure that any subsequent text added to the slide with a text box is formatted correctly (ie, in white font), create a “test” text box by selecting that icon from the menu bar.


Once you have created and tested the text box…


…you’re ready to save the slide theme. Select “Save Theme” from the Formatting Palette.


Select a name for your theme that will be recognizable to you later.


To apply your theme to any future presentation, select the “Slide Themes” tab.


Next, select the “Custom Themes” tab. You will then see your theme saved with the title you assigned. Click on its thumbnail and you’re set!


You can follow the above steps to save other types of Microsoft Office 2008 themes as well. If you have any questions, please contact the VRC.

Why doesn’t my laptop show up on the projector?

If you are sure everything is connected correctly, and you have turned on the laptop only after everything else is connected and turned on, you may need to use a keyboard command to tell the laptop something is connected to its external output port. Below is a fairly comprehensive list of keyboard commands as provided by the manufacturers, compiled by Extron Electronics and edited by United Visual:

ARTstor Training Sessions


Looking for digital images for your papers, presentations or art history tests? ARTstor contains nearly one million images gathered from museums, universities, libraries, and the U of C’s Visual Resources Collection.
ARTstor for Undergrads

  • Where: Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157
  • When: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 2:00 – 2:30pm
  • Description: In this brief session, you’ll learn ARTstor essentials: how to find, print, save, and cite images and how to access course folders. Bring your laptop to follow along during the session.

ARTstor for Faculty and Graduate Students

  • Where: Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 153
  • When: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
    3:00-4:15pm: Teaching with ARTstor
    4:30-5:15pm: Presenting with ARTstor
  • Description: More than a repository of digital images, ARTstor offers simple pedagogical tools that resonate with today’s visual learners. Learn how to build, present and share your lectures in ARTstor. Prefer PowerPoint or KeyNote? Learn how to download ARTstor images for use in other presentation tools. Bring your laptop to follow along during the session.

Wondering how to . . .

. . . make a PowerPoint presentation?

. . . create a high-quality digital image?

. . . find works of art in the VRC Collection?

. . . export a detail from Luna Insight?

. . . share a group of images in ARTstor?

The VRC can help you with all things related to digital imaging. Contact us to set up an appointment.

NSIT Support for Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista

NSIT has issued an advisory concerning Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista. Salient points:

  • Office 2007 for Windows has a default “save” format that is incompatible with earlier versions of Office and with Office for Mac.
  • If you are ordering a new machine, NSIT recommends purchasing it with Windows XP, instead of Vista.
  • NSIT will also not be fully supporting Windows Vista before 2008.

To read the full announcement, click here. If you have questions, please contact the NSIT Support Line at or 4-TECH (773-834-8324).