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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Andrea Smith commented
I would also like to be able to control the colors on my screen for Outlook, Word, and Edge, as I am unable to view white backgrounds for more than ~an hour before getting a migraine. I currently have custom colors set up in Windows via the Personalize / Window Color and Appearance panel (and have had for years), but Excel is the only Office program I use regularly that actually complies with my settings. The Dark Grey option is the best option currently available, but it doesn't affect the application background (and the framing is a bit too dark; the white text still feels too much like neon the same way it does on the black theme). I do not understand why Microsoft keeps removing functionality, particularly when it's related to accessibility. Let us customize everything individually the way we used to be able to do.
Agreed, please bring back light & medium gray, much easier on the eyes
office 365 colors suck a huge fat apple. get your shit together. it feels like you're punching me in the eyes everytime i turn on the computer. i mean really?
"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."
Seriously Microsoft WTH? Your torturing me--fist you took out Windows Easy Transfer that I use everyday at work for 2000 computers --now my damn Outlook look sucks! WHY can't you fix this?
I am adding my plea for softer themes; Could Microsoft please add a link ? I am sure this has been addressed since October 2015 when the original post was posted. . . Although, I am still unable to find those. And am currently dealing with a headache due to working...
JC Blanchard commented
I just got Office 2016 and couldn't believe that medium gray is not available anymore. The new themes are much too contrasty to work with. Why not leave all the options in?
L M commented
Wide range of colour options and configurations please - for Diversity - themes - and control font sizes. And respect OS settings. And increase variety of choices at all levels.
Laurie Castagna commented
I agree with so many of these comments. The white and black and dark gray is too drastic for my eyes! We just upgraded to 2016 in the office this week and I HATE using any of the office products. If you use the white, there is no enough contrast but if you use the black or dark gray, it is simply too striking for my eyes. A light or a medium gray would be very helpful to many people. I don't think that we need every color on the color wheel to chose from, but give us something other then white, black, dark gray and "colorful" which is no better than plan white.
Bring back solid colors in all Office 2016 applications! Red categories appear salmon/pink color. Calendars no longer have solid colors, only pastels which suck. Borders in monthly calendar views need to be brought back to Office 2010 definition.
John Johnston commented
COLORFUL is a good theme, but the user should be able to choose the base colour, much as happens by clicking COLOR under the DESIGN tab.
In addition - could you bring back the ability to customise various screen/window components instead of the current two or three monotone screens?
Ian Oliver commented
Change color of document display window in Office 2016 - I suffer from diagnosed Dyslexia and part of my problems (headaches, dizziness , eye strain and word blindness) comes out of the sharp bright white backgrounds in office documents, emails, word pad to name but three. Having taken away my ability to change the background colour via the old sliding scale / gradient through Windows 2016 I am now disadvantaged in my use of the computer. My background colour should be a pale rose pink and I know that world wide there must be many thousands how are disadvantaged by the lack of colour adjustment. There are over 260 different types of Dyslexia, and I'm sure the whiteness and / or screen flicker also affects people suffering from ADHD and epilepsy just as much. I'm surprised Microsoft are dragging their heels with this widely expressed concern and are listing it for 'consideration'!
You need a ribbon theme that goes back to the design idea of providing contrast between the clickable buttons/links and the unclickable background
Separate from the ribbon them is the application window, as the original poster said. Many people find the white background and black/grey text too high contrast to work for with long periods. As well there are many users with actual vision complaints that can't use it. There have been several postings on the Answers.com Word forum in the last month on that theme. For example, there is one user who would like a pink application background because it is a medical fact that it helps with his dyslexia.
Basically, there are a lot of users who would really like the ability to change the application window background color and display font color to something that works better for them.
We used to be able to do it through the Windows Control Panel. But the windows developers have dumbed down the Windows 10 user interface so that those options are no longer available.
I would love to see the Light Gray and Medium Gray theme options from Office 2013 come back. There really needs to be some sort of softer alternative and happy medium between the ultra-contrast Dark Gray and White schemes...
I'm looking for less contrast grey theme. These white and dark grey themes are too hard on eyes for all day work with emails.
The default color themes in Office 2016 are not conducive for those that have eye problems, especially with I strain. Please bring back the light grey color theme. If I have to look at the computer screen all day, at least that was a little easier on the eyes.
Sue Heim commented
Or let us customize. It's bad enough we can no longer customize the colors in Windows desktop, now you've taken away colors in Office. Really Microsoft, are you turning into Big Brother for us?
I upgraded to Office 2016 on one computer - but won't do so for the other because no light grey themes!!! Switching to Google programs
I agree completely. The black theme is overdone and does not look right. The dark grey as well. Please bring a medium and light grey themes.
sure it is awful not to have light and medium grey colors