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

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

  2. Asif

    Hi there,

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

    Best Regards

    • MrGroove

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

      • dstrr

        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

    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

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

    • MrGroove

      @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

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

    • MrGroove

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

  6. Wency

    Thank you! You are awesome!

  7. Ashlea

    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

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

  8. Johnnetta

    ** 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

    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

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

  11. cc

    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

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

  13. gil feliciano

    simple and to the point – thanks!

  14. Peggy

    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

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  16. viswa

    good one thank you

  17. Paulene Davalos

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

  18. Vineeth

    thanks for the clea steps.

  19. Dyrek

    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

    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

    Thanks friend, you help me a lot

  22. Vu

    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

      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

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

  24. Sean

    Thanks ! Handy info !

  25. tj

    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

    Thanks for sharing useful article …. :-)

  27. Barbara Pais

    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

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

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