Customize Your SharePoint Using Online Color Palette Tool

It’s always fun to customize the look of your intranet. Changing the colors of landing pages’ sections gives you a more personal feeling of owning your intranet. You get to play with colors while sticking with your branding—or changing your branding for the better.
Microsoft SharePoint gives you the power to personalize your own intranet site using the color palette tool; forget about coding. Take note that you can only customize your intranet theme in SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2019, SharePoint 2016, and SharePoint 2013. There are different ways of changing SharePoint themes for the versions we mentioned earlier.

SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2019

For SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2019, you can start customizing your intranet look by clicking Settings in the upper right corner of your site. What’s good about SharePoint 2019 and SharePoint Online color palette tool is that you can change the site, company, and SharePoint themes.

The first thing that you must consider is your intranet’s theme. SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2019 provide default themes that you can customize given that the theme you choose is still in line with your company branding. You can also use the classic experience designs provided by the two SharePoint versions.

Go to your intranet site and click Settings. Then, click Change the look and Theme. Feel free to select the look that you want. Selecting the look allows you to preview what the intranet site looks like with the selected look. When you’ve decided on the theme, click Save to implement changes. If you want to change SharePoint themes, just repeat the process.

You can also change the colors of one of the default SharePoint themes by choosing the theme and clicking Customize option. You can them choose the main color and accent color. Once you’ve already chosen the colors, click Save.

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You can also change the color, background, or font of your intranet site using the classic experience themes. Just go to Settings and click Change the look. Choose View classic settings or Classic change the look options. Then, choose the color from the options provided to you.

You can also change the color scheme by clicking the arrow next to Colors and choose a different color scheme. Change the layout by clicking the arrow next to Site layout and select another layout. Change the fonts by clicking the arrow next to Fonts; select another font. Once you’re done with all the changes, click Try it out and then click Yes or No, depending on your satisfaction.

You can also change your background images by clicking Change. Upload or drag the photo from your local folder onto the thumbnail of the Change command. You can always change your background photo whenever you want to.

The only difference between SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2019 is that the former allows you to customize your site header, change your navigation style, and add a site footer, while the latter lacks all these functionalities.

SharePoint 2013 and 2016

You can also change SharePoint themes for the 2013 and 2016 versions. Start by clicking Settings then Change the look or click Settings, choose Site settings, then click Change the look, which is under the Look and Feel heading. Then, select which theme you would like to implement from the choices given to you.

For these two SharePoint versions, you can still upload your preferred background image, but if the command is not working, you just need to install the latest version of your browser software or at least the Microsoft Office 2013.

Changing the color theme is also easy. Just click the arrow right next to Colors and choose a color scheme. For layout, click the arrow beside the Site layout and choose a different layout. For fonts, simply click on the arrow near the Fonts option and choose a font.

There’s also another way of using SharePoint Online color palette tool. Others just download it from here. This tool, offered by Microsoft, already provides functionalities that you can use with your SharePoint designs.

To give you a head start on what colors to choose, SharePoint color palette provides 12 main colors, neutral colors from black to white, shades and tints, and six dark themes. The main colors are r red (#A4262C), orange (#CA5010), gold (#8F7034), green (#407855), teal (#038387), blue (#0078d4), dark blue (#40587C), indigo (#4052AB), plum (#854085), purple (#8764B8), cool grey (#737373), and warm grey (#867365).

Microsoft already optimized these SharePoint main colors to make them suitable for screens and devices. See screenshot image below.

COLORS. Screenshot images from Microsoft’s official website.

The dark themes are red (#EF6950), yellow (#FFC83D), green (#40C5AF), blue (#409AE1), purple (#b4a0ff), and grey (#b2b2b2). See photo below.

COLORS. Screenshot images from Microsoft’s official website.

Have you tried customizing your SharePoint intranet sites? How did you do it? Do you think we missed a couple of important things in this article? Let us know in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share this blog on social media.

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