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Our friends over on the Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog recently announced some great new features in the Excel, Word, and PowerPoint Web Apps. Among the new goodies are some brand new themes that you’ll find in the Select Theme dialog when you create a new presentation on SkyDrive. We’ve also re-organized the gallery in a way that we believe will better suit your needs:
For those of you using PowerPoint 2010 installed on your computer, we bring the latest and greatest content right to your front door through the themes gallery on the Design tab:
Just click the “Enable Content Updates from Office.com…” button (if it’s grayed out, that means you’re already receiving updates, or your enterprise has disabled updates):
Once you’ve enabled updates, you’ll see a set of themes at the bottom of the gallery that stays up to date as we add new ones (you may need to scroll down to see them):
Included in this update is the first in a set of new designer themes that we’re really excited to begin rolling out. It’s called “Summer,” and it’s perfect for capturing the essence of your warm weather excursions over the past few months:
For those of you living in the southern hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking light thoughts as your summer season draws near :)
Enjoy the new looks!
-Christopher Maloney Program Manager, PowerPoint
Update (9/9/2010): Some of our readers discovered that the “Enable content updates…” button is disabled, which is likely the result of enabling Office-wide updates when you first run an Office program (there was a big green shield next to the option). Scroll to the bottom of the gallery to find the new themes. And let us know if you still don’t see them! We’ve updated the text above to help reduce confusion.
The option to "Enable content updates from Office.com" is greyed out for me. Why would this be the case?
Same for me, it's grayed out.How can I enable it?
I suppose three's a crowd. Mine is greyed out as well.
Hey Adam/Mark/Brian, It's possible that the button has already been clicked (you may have to scroll down in the gallery to see the Office.com category). Could you check and let us know if it's not in there after you've scrolled all the way down? Thanks, -Chris
yes, they are already there, looks like I'd already clicked the button, so I'm defective, not Office 2010, which seems pretty solid :-)
Chris - The option to "Enable content updates from Office.com" is greyed out for me, too. Furthermore, I do not see any new themes from Office.com (including the "Summer" one you mentioned above), even when I have scrolled all the way down. Any suggestions? Thanks.
emerald77, Are you using a personal computer, or are you using an enterprise computer? Enterprises can disable updates using group policy. -Chris
When I first received the "Enable content updates" button, I clicked on the recommended option and noticed that it was greyed out after that. I've closed PowerPoint and opened it again and was disappointed to see only one theme from Office.com. After a while, I realised that it was merely downloading new themes and now I got them so thank you, Microsoft! :D Patience does matter. :)
My ability to "enable" is grayed out, but I checked the privacy options and confirmed that it is actually enabled. But I don't see any new content from office.com, just the basic ones that were there when I installed. Any fixes to help it update? Any options to search for new ones from the program?
Hmm...seems that the only solution I got for the problems below is to restart PowerPoint 2010...then your new themes will appear at the bottom.