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Bring back Light & Medium Gray Theme Colors

Apparently these theme colors were removed, and I don't understand why - it makes no sense to reduce the amount of customization people can have over the software they choose to own.

I hate too much white - it tends to bother my eyes. And the Dark Gray theme is too dark, in my opinion. Bring back the other options, or at the very least, alter the Dark Gray to what it used to be in Office 2013.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please bring back the choice of Office theme colours. Three, White, Grey and Green are insufficient.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, bring back the ability to choose our window background color (paper space color) in Word, Excel and other office programs, Windows for that matter!!

      • Jay Fiora commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The light or medium gray theme should be brought back. For outlook the dark gray theme is terrible.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Add me as another user wanting a light gray option. The dark is too hard to read and the white causes migraines.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

        How, when users have been asking for more than 2 YEARS, are there not more themes available? The options are truly awful! Too bright, or too dark, and no option to customise. I use a laptop for more than 8 hours a day, and this is going to cause serious eye strain and headaches.

        I know that Microsoft takes neither its customer relations, nor its customer feedback seriously, but come on!

      • Craig commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our company just upgraded us to office 365. I agree with the other comments. We need the light and medium grey options brought back, as the colours available are too much of a stain on the eyes.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not enjoying the new look at all - too dark or too bright. Strain on the eyes, headache, tired. Not cool at all! Bring back the options!

      • Tomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why you did this? It is disturbing to work with Outlook now. Very bad decision to remove the light gray theme.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please bring back more themes selection in Office 2016. The choices provided are too contrasting and hard on the eyes. I prefer more subtle color options.

      • ANON commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, bring back the ability to choose our window background color in Excel and other office programs.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Bring back the ability to choose our window background color in Word and other office programs! We are not all teenagers/young adults who are using these programs. It is very, very hard on old eyes!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just updated and really really wish the light grey was available - I've been looking at this screen for 10 minutes and my eyes are already killing me. I wish I could remove the update.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is ridiculous to have less and not more customization available to users of your product, at the very least please bring back the light gray option

      • Bob Davidson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Bring back some form of a medium color theme. The amount of white, and lack of contrast in both the colorful and white themes is hard on the eyes, as is the darkness in the Dark Grey and Black.

        The colorful theme is interesting if you would place it with a light grey background for the menus and such

      • Don commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Light grey a must of course. This dark and white are very bad for the eyes!

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