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Categories: SharePoint

June 8, 2020

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SharePoint default site theme changing from blue to teal

From Microsoft Corporation

MC213968, Stay Informed, Published date: May 21, 2020

Soon, SharePoint will automatically update new and existing communication sites and team sites with new teal theme. Group connected team sites, and sites that have been customized, will not be impacted. 

The new teal theme can be changed to the former blue theme at any time in the Change the look panel.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 60592.

When this will happen

  • We will begin rolling this out to Targeted Release customers in late June.
  • We will begin rolling this out to Standard Release customers in early July.
  • We expect the rollout to be complete by mid-July.

How this will affect your organization

This update will not impact custom themes, settings, or the content and structure of sites. It will only change the theme for new and existing sites that have not been customized. 

  • New sites will automatically default to the new teal theme.
    • The only exception is group connected team sites which will still inherit the color theme associated to the M365 group.
  • Existing sites that have not been customized will update to the new teal theme
    • A site is considered customized when the theme color has been changed from the default settings. This update includes communication sites, classic publishing sites, and team sites that are not connected to a M365 group.
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What you need to do to prepare

This update is automatic, and no action is required by admins or users.

What you need to do to keep the blue theme

If site owners want to keep the current blue theme – or simply want to change the theme – they can edit the theme in the Change the look panel. This change can be made at any time, and each site will require a manual change.

You can automate this process for your tenant by creating a site design that will apply a custom theme. Site designs are reusable scripts that allow site owners and creators to easily apply your organization’s preferred default theme in site settings. Learn more about SharePoint site design scripts.

Learn more

For more information about the automatic theme update from blue to teal, check out our post in the Microsoft Tech Community blog.  

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