The Default Colors in Excel 2007 Suck!

I use Excel all the time. I’ve been on the 2007 version for quite some time and I still can’t get over the ugly pastel color scheme that Microsoft provided us with for the new version.

I know you can choose from a host of other color themes that are available, but most of those suck too.

So I made my own and thought I’d share it with you.

Click Here to Download a Zip File that contains Grid.xml

When you get this file, extract it to the following location:

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes\Theme Colors

This equates to the following:

Windows 7/Vista

C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes\Theme Colors

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes\Theme Colors

Note: These directories won’t exist until you create a custom color scheme. To do so:

  1. Open Excel
  2. Page Layout -> Colors
  3. Create New Theme Colors
  4. Save