How To Stop Users From Changing Default Ms Office Theme In Windows 11 Or 10

Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used productivity suites in the world. It offers a range of applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. However, one issue that many users face is that they often change the default theme of MS Office. This can be frustrating for IT administrators who need to maintain consistency across the organization. In this tutorial, we will show you how to stop users from changing the default MS Office theme in Windows 11 or 10.

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor

The first step is to open the Registry Editor. To do this, press the Windows key + R on your keyboard, type “regedit” in the Run dialog box, and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to the Office Registry Key

Once you have opened the Registry Editor, you need to navigate to the Office Registry key. To do this, go to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office If the Office key does not exist, you need to create it. To do this, right-click on the Microsoft key, select New > Key, and name it “Office.”

Step 3: Create a New DWORD Value

Now that you have navigated to the Office Registry key, you need to create a new DWORD value. To do this, right-click on the Office key, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it “DisableThemeSelection.”

Step 4: Set the Value Data

Once you have created the new DWORD value, you need to set the value data. To do this, double-click on the DisableThemeSelection value, change the value data to “1,” and click OK.

Step 5: Restart the Office Application

Finally, you need to restart the Office application for the changes to take effect. Once you have done this, users will no longer be able to change the default MS Office theme.


  • Q: Will this process work for all versions of MS Office?
  • A: Yes, this process will work for all versions of MS Office.
  • Q: Can I still change the theme if I need to?
  • A: No, once you have set the DisableThemeSelection value to “1,” you will no longer be able to change the theme.
  • Q: Will this process affect other settings in MS Office?
  • A: No, this process only affects the ability to change the default MS Office theme.
  • Q: Can I reverse this process if needed?
  • A: Yes, you can reverse this process by changing the DisableThemeSelection value data to “0.”
  • Q: Do I need administrative privileges to make this change?
  • A: Yes, you need administrative privileges to access the Registry Editor and make this change.

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