How-to Change the Outlook 2007 Color Scheme


Many people don’t realize it but it’s possible to change the Outlook Color Scheme with just a few simple clicks.  If you’re like me and you stare at Outlook all day, changing things up from time-to-time can help break things up a bit.

Update: See this groovyPost for the step-by-step for Changing the Color Scheme using Outlook 2010.

Let’s start things off with a groovy How-To Video

How-To Change the Outlook 2007 Theme Color (Video)

And now the Step-by-Step with ScreenShots!

How-To Change the Outlook 2007 Theme Color

1.   Open Outlook, Click Tools, Options

Outlook 2007 Tools, Options Menu

2.   Click Mail Format Tab, then Click the Editor Options Button

Select Outlook 2007 Color Scheme - Click Editor Options

3.   Under the Popular Tab, Click the Color Scheme Down ArrowSelect between Blue, Silver and Black.  Click OK to Apply

Select Outlook 2007 Color Scheme

All Done!


My personal Favorite is Silver but I normally change the color around every 30 days or so just to mix things up. I know… I’m WILD!!!    ;)

             (Default) Blue                                  Silver                                         Black

Default Outlook 2007 Blue Theme Outlook 2007 Silver Theme Outlook 2007 Black Theme



  1. shockersh

    July 31, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Personally, I prefer BLACK. Silver and Blue are lame! Nice vid BTW

  2. Asif

    August 17, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the article.
    Finally, I am enjoying the black themed outlok in windos xp.

    Best Regards

    • MrGroove

      August 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm

      Yeah, black is a huge improvement over the standard blue.

      • dstrr

        September 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

        wish there was a way to make the screens black background with green/yellow text. staring at bright white regardless of the border changes is hard on the eyes. figure a way on that ?

  3. Computermum

    December 18, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Does anyone know how to change the colour for two days of the week i.e. Mon and Fridays on monthly view? Cheers

  4. sebastian

    February 8, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Does anyone know how to add some colors there (only three colors don’t work for me).

    • MrGroove

      February 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      @Sebastion – Aye…. not example a lot of options there and there’s no improvement on that in Outlook 2010 (office 2010) either…

      I’m fairly certain there’s no way to add more colors.

  5. Mike

    March 12, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Thanks a ton…. simple if you have these instructions…. not simple if you don’t… well hidden and not overly intuitive…..

    • MrGroove

      March 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      True. Like most things, it’s obvious once you find it but first you have to find it. ;)

  6. Wency

    March 23, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Thank you! You are awesome!

  7. Ashlea

    May 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Thanks a lot — was so tired of the blue theme! The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I´m sending this site to the girls I work with here in the office now!

    Take care!

    • MrGroove

      May 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

      @Ashlea – Awesome and I have to agree. The blue was a bit of a boor. Black is much better!

  8. Johnnetta

    September 8, 2010 at 6:42 am

    ** Thanks, I like the black also.. Would love RED!!! Thank you for your help.. I’m saving u as one of my “FAVS”..

  9. chaitu

    October 6, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Some how i dont like this glossy look of new MS 2007 package.
    how Can i switch to server 2000/2003 grey color scheme,
    looks boring but is soothing for eyes

  10. Chris

    November 13, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I like the black … feels a little gloomy , pink would be the one !!!

  11. cc

    January 13, 2011 at 7:34 am

    je cherche desesperement: help:
    je travail sur 3 calendriers differents onglets separés: j aimerais choisir la couleur de chacun de mes 3 onglets calendriers , couleur differente pour chaque; possible vous croyez?? je sais qu on peut changer l interface(j ai pris noir) et la couleur de fond(generale pour ts les calendriers mais j ai pas vu de difference…) ;
    merci par avance

  12. Rashed

    February 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

    thank you….the instruction is very useful to me..

  13. gil feliciano

    August 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    simple and to the point – thanks!

  14. Peggy

    September 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I want to add colours to it.. blue silver and balck are boring .. i need soem red.. pink green yellow and other charg=ming colours…
    Pl help…

  15. Michael Jefferson

    November 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Genuinely revealing appreciate it, I do think your current audience might want a whole lot more articles along these lines maintain the excellent work.

  16. viswa

    December 13, 2011 at 1:02 am

    good one thank you

  17. Paulene Davalos

    January 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Nice. I didnt know there was black until now. Enjoying it. Thanks

  18. Vineeth

    January 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    thanks for the clea steps.

  19. Dyrek

    April 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Works great…for the default color of one calendar. Do you have a method that will allow changing the colors for other calendars if you have multiples open? Outlook changes them itself to whatever it feels like but it would be nice to be able to make my own decisions as to which calendar had what color.

  20. Candace

    June 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Really hate the new Outlook, no choices, same for all the 2007 Office stuff. Is there ANY way to change the colors on these programs? I deal with Excel all day, and the standard settings are definitely not working for me. Considering going back to Office 2003, and would except everyone seems to be in 2007 or 2010, and I spend all my time converting/upgrading things and losing features.

  21. Ulisses Gouveia

    July 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks friend, you help me a lot

  22. Vu

    September 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I never like Outlook 2007 color scheme on the month view. It only use one color tone for everything (background, events etc…). Just found a way to color the events so they standout.
    -Right click on any event, select “Automatic formating…”
    -Click “Add”, then “Condition” to open the Filter panel.
    -Select “Advanced” then “Field”, “Frequently Used Fields” to open the field list.
    -Select “Start” near the bottom of the list, then click “Add To List”
    -Click “OK” to close the Filter panel then click on “Color” to select a color for the event.
    -Click “OK” then voila, your events now can be a different color than the background.
    The only problem with this is some events seems to change the background color too. I don’t know why. If you have a fix please post, but overall the month view looks a lot less confusing.

    • Steve Krause

      September 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Hey great tip! I don’t think I’ve ever used this feature in Outlook. Very groovy tip!

      BTW – Welcome to groovyPost!


  23. Andrey Sentsov

    February 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks a lot for this!! Blue color scheme is totally disgusting for me. Black is ok, but menus are still white :(

  24. Sean

    March 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Thanks ! Handy info !

  25. tj

    August 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Thank youl for your post! I’ve spent 3 hours trying to figure out how to “undo” what I did to my email background! Hope I can find you quickly again should I have any other questions!

  26. Bhavin

    March 10, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for sharing useful article …. :-)

  27. Barbara Pais

    March 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    I don’t know how mine got changed to black so thank you for this info on how to change it back to blue!!!

    • Steve Krause

      March 16, 2021 at 1:13 pm

      Yeah… it happens sometimes Barbara — I’m glad we were able to help you with your Outlook color scheme.

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