More colors for Microsoft Office themes
It would be awesome if there were more color options for Microsoft Office themes besides black, white and dark grey. Please add more colors like green, or red or pink etc.....
Rob Hutchings commented
Not sure if this is strictly what has been asked for here, but I would like the ability to add more than 6 accent colours to a theme. I appreciate there is a section for Dark/Light Text/Backgrounds and there's also the Hyperlink/Followed Link colours. But Hyperlinks aren't selectable for the use with objects and you wouldn't want to use colours assigned for text/background for any other purpose (for instance if you change these to some wild colour it impacts your text/background).
So please can we have at least a couple more Accent colours?
Alternatively, a more reliable way for automatically generating tints/shades. This is typically how I try to use the Accent colours by providing a full colour and a tint of my choosing as the auto-generated ones pop with a little too much colour.
It used to be simple. In all Windows till Win7 you could just adjust Window Background Colour (via Control Panel - Appearance - Customize... (it was getting more and more complicated)) and all well written apps would just use the bgcolor. That used to be the case with Office too.
In Win10 you cannot adjust bgcolour directly (unless you export,edit and re-import the theme), but even if you do it works only partially. Excel honors your choice and the background is what you set, but Word shows you a middle finger and is bright white.
Why not just follow what used to be the way to do this?
Or, if you want to play with additional Word-localized theming, not add a silly checkbox to let the user choose whether to use bgcolor or some fancy in-Word theme?
It's just sad how Office is losing its user-focused functionality and stability over time....
Please can we have the ability to adjust the workspace colour?! The white is too harsh on my eyes and I spend most of my day working on documents in Word. I have always been able to change it to a light blue workspace with previous versions. It is very disappointing to see that newer technology is going backwards and you haven't taken the users' into account when making these changes. Please make this a priority Microsoft.
ability to adjust workspace color, white is too harsh. need to be able to choose off white light gray.
Jüri Press commented
Office 2010 honored the Windows Control Panel "Background Color" setting.
Office 2016 instead displays the background of the work area (including the document itself) in WHITE, which I have always found stressful to work with.
I do not want a reverse theme with white letters on a black background. I do not want to create documents with a background color (that would print). I just want a work area that is something other than glaring white.
I really want to get back my non-white background color.
I would like to change my page background colour from white to a light blue permanently. I find the white screen too ******* my eyes. Can’t believe this option has been limited now - a backwards step.
Carol Inglis commented
I find a off white or light tan to be the easiest on my eyes. Black, white, and bright colors are too stark.
I would like to have a blue background choice similar to Word 7. It is so much easier on the eye than the current choices of white, dark grey or colorful. All three of them are ******* the eye. If the dark gray was a lighter gray that wouldn't be so bad. The white is awful as is the colorful. You need to give your customers more choices, especially consider someone who has to work at a desktop all day.
I want the Background (workspace) colour to be something other than white. I do not wan to change the page or font colour just the background behind the page.
I cannot believe the inability in Office 2016 and 2019 to change an Office theme’s window colour. This is very bad for accessibility which I thought with the changes to accessibility in Windows 10 would be something Microsoft was championing. It was also something easier done in Windows XP with Office XP than in Windows 10 with Office 2013! These seem very retrograde steps towards a more accessible world for impaired users that the modern world is moving towards.
This needs to be done. I have to limit the time I can work because the bright white display not only gives me eye strain but also triggers migraine headaches. Only the ribbon can be changed which is not helpful AT ALL. MORE options are needed. I thought that computer were to make life easier, not HARDER!
Lack of contrast between background, ribbon, menu items in the ribbon, ribbon tabs (now just underlined), fading scroll bars also with no contrast, make word hard to use.
Did you replace UAT (user acceptance testing) and usability testing with some design award evaluation...?
Also please enable users to set their own color-scheme. ideally with a configuration pop-up or sidebar where we can set the color for individual elements of the App interface. If that is too complex, at a minimum let us pick a base theme color and have other elements be adjusted automatically.
Really keen to be able to change the background of the document window as we used to be able to do in previous versions.
OS-design-wise we are living in a terrible time where it is forbidden to see where an App-window starts and where it ends. To make thinks worse we are forced to use predefined themes instead of being able to colour items to our choice as we did when we used Windows 3!
And now we have to beg for themes.
Lynda nash commented
Please allow users to change the background colour of a word doc in Office. White is a strain on the eyes. Let us adjust the colour scheme for background to whatever is comfortable to use.
Please allow user to change the background colour in Office. White is nice, but sometimes a strain on the eyes. Allow user to adjust colour scheme for background to whatever is comfortable for them to use.
I just upgraded window and cannot change the background color from the default white. I have always used office and changed the background color to tan/gold color, because I find it less stressful on my eyes. I'd like to see the functionality of being able to customize displays brought back.
it would be nice in 2016 outlook to change the background color of the sections like tasks, calendar and inbox for example. I would like a pale ivory for reading areas.
I find UNACCEPTABLE that I cannot change the page display color to reduce eyes strain and have to work with a white page. It was possible with Windows 7 and Office 2010.
Please let the user setup Microsoft Office and Windows 10 folders and app pages display color as they like such as grey or sepia which are good color for the majority of people to reduce eyes strain.
A good software should fit user's needs and not the producer one.
Put back the feature where Office obeys what I have Windows theme set to.
What that means is make it work like Notepad does. Use case: When Notepad has the focus the title bar is blue. WHen notepad does not have the focus anymore, it is grey. So many times I thought I was in Outlook inbox becuase the title bar was blue, pressed the delete key thinking I was deleting an email, and I deleted an important file because Windows Explorer actually had the focus but Outlook showed the dark blue title bar.
Win7, Office 2016.