Themes Are Back In Exchange 2010 SP1 Beta…

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I had written about the lack of option in 2010 RC & RTM to change the OWA theme by an end user in one of my article. Guess what? Themes can be changed by an end user from an Outlook Web App (OWA) session running on 2010 SP1 Beta. There are 31 themes in the Beta version.

After logging into the OWA, click on “Options” on the top right hand side, which brings the theme selection option.

Change 2010 SP1 Beta Theme

Notice that many parts of the OWA page changes as you switch to a new theme.


You can block the users from changing the themes either by configuring “OWA Mailbox Policies” or by disabling it on the properties of OWA virtual directory. In order to disable the feature in the OWA virtual directory, navigate to Recipient Configuration -> Client Access -> OWA -> Properties. Click on “Segmentation” tab, highlight “Theme Selection” and click Disable.

Disable themes

Once the themes are blocked, users don’t get the theme selection option in OWA.

No themes

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About the author: UC Architect, Blogger, Husband & Dad. I have been in IT for the last 12 years, with Exchange Server becoming the prime area in the last few years. I am active on Experts Exchange & TechNet forums and I am a technical author for SearchExchange.

4 comments… add one

  1. very helpful screen shot of segmentation window. thanks!

  2. Thanks Annie.

  3. mike


    I am creating a custom theme and I only want that one to be auto chosen… is there a way to make it the default? Right now I see it as an option but I want it to be the default and not allow users to change.

    1. Rajith Enchiparambil

      Hi Mike,

      You can have a default theme or take the permission off from users to change the theme.


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