We have passed this information to the product group for consideration for a future product or update. We are sorry that at this time we have no other option to change the colors beyond what we has already seen.
I would like to say that you are not alone in the wish that there were darker themes for Office 2013. The dark grey in the "Dark Grey" theme should really be renamed "Slightly Less Light Than Light Grey."
I really like Office 2013 but I miss having the contrast that the old Dark Theme from Office 2010 provided.
This brightness and contrast issue is a common issue with a lot of software.
While there is an option to make Windows high contrast for the partially sighted, there is a complete lack of consideration for people with sensitivity to light, such as those on the autistic spectrum who make up a far larger proportion of computer users, who need low contrast.
Really ?? Can it be that hard ?? I'm not coder, but with all the customization abilities within windows the programmers couldnt come up with a way to add more color choices ?? I can not roll 2013 out to my coworkers as it stands.. Give us the option.. For the insane prices we are going to have to pay, it's the least you could do..
- Edited by Arkangel777 Monday, April 22, 2013 11:28 PM
This will help reduce the "bright white" color in folders and documents.
So what's the verdict, it's been several months since this post started... this UI is horribly bright, why?? Apple did the same with iOS7, it's ridiculous. I'm an MCPD, have been certified in Visual Basic/Studio and SQL Server since 2000 and I know EXACTLY how programmers think and how easy or difficult a task is. Giving us a darker option isn't hard at all, but it's the latest UI fad, all of this bright blinding interface, and Microsoft won't give us a dark option (like Photoshop does) because it's part of the MARKETING/BRANDING push, indoctrinating the "new look", at our expense. Frustrating.
I was given a copy of Office 2013 Pro by Amazon Vine for review, and I'm preparing to write the review, and I'm afraid I'm going to have to shred this version IN that review, because people have been calling out about it all year and Microsoft has ignored them. I hope you reply with a more encouraging answer that something is being done. I will certainly add that in if there is good news on the horizon.
I totally agree with this, we are about to roll it to our staff and i am concerned they are going to hate it for something so simple as colour.
This post is nearly a year old, is anything being done about this ?
I was really rooting for MS to go somewhere with the whole Win8 gig but according to everyone I talk to, and this is across the board, with exception of the MS reps in Best Buy, the feeling is the same.Win8 Big FLOP and the design care is non existent. Hey, it's a POP OS! I actually haven't seen any kids bragging about a new win8 phone though so I guess they missed the boat on that too.
Unfortunately I have to work with it because I need to work with users that HAVE TO use it.
And Jaynet, you might want to also pass on that the people posting here are people MS should listen to, of course, they probably don't listen to you either.
Actually I think I get it...
Its the slowly stripping away of features and function to force everyone to a subscription office product (365).
what's that you don't like 2013, well move on over to office 365, you can do it there and you don't have to pay an exorbitant fee to own (kinda) the software (you can just pay ms monthly...forever.)
Finally ... 1 year past
Microsoft still not going to resolve this UGLY issue.
Is there any action on this at all? I have searched and searched for resolution; our organization is still running Office 2010, and color scheme is actually the number one reason; we took a survey when some of our folks installed 2013...
No one wants to look at alternatives, but honestly, the glaring color schemes are very tough on the eyes, leading even our HR folks to inquire with OSHA and other organizations to avoid work-comp litigation.
I would like to add my support to update the colour themes available for Office 2013.
I have just had 2013 installed on my work computer and have set the theme to Dark Grey. I previously used Office 2010 and the Dark Grey theme was excellent. It provided a nice level of contrast and made the office applications easy to work with.
However, the new Dark Grey theme is for too bright and all of the 3 themes I believe result in Heath and safety issue, at least in my case. I have found the new Office 2013 themes to be harsh on the eyes which make for a very unpleasant and I would even say inefficient work sessions.
I do believe this issue is worth looking at as a priority update.
Thanking you for your time,
Rockhampton, Queensland Australia
i just found the this thread, and now its 2015, this issue still remain the same, ie. too much white color for office 2013 UI, no wonder apple is taking the lead over microsoft. T_T
Agree 100%, I purchase Office 2013 with my Lenevo laptop. I wish I could get my money back. I can not take looking at it plus the college I attend just update the lab desktops with Office 2013.