Office themes 2013


  • Is there any plan on adding in more office themes to the office 2013.  They are very bland and hurt my eyes after working on the computer for some time.  I don't see how this made it past the software test phase as I am a software engineer for the military.  We need more choices than just white or a off white.


    Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:10 PM

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  • Hi,

    Let me help you with the issue.
    For the Office 2013 (RTM) version you may follow the below steps:
    1. Go to the File tab
    2. Click on Options
    3. Choose the General tab on the left
    4. Find the ‘Office Theme’ dropdown item
    5. Choose between White, Light Gray, and Dark Gray.

    I hope the above steps help. If you need any further assistance reply and we will be glad to assist you.
    Thank you.

    Best regards,

    Rex Zhang
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, February 18, 2013 5:29 AM
  • I understand that there is the white, light gray, and dark gray but I have a hard time believing that there is no other themes.  Where is the color when we have millions of colors available to the monitors?  I feel like office is working backwards on their color choices.  Can we just get a custom theme option where we pick the colors?   Please?


    Monday, February 18, 2013 1:16 PM
  • Hi,

    is there a possibility to set the default theme to "Dark Gray" using OCT or GPO?


    Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:06 AM
  • I agree with Brian: This is very underwhelming.

    I would really like to see the next update contain an option to create your own "template", allowing for customization of borders and colors (and the wildly unnecessary background image). Far more important would be the option to tell the difference between your menus and the grab-bar, or to have the scroll bar remain a static object rather than auto-hiding all the time.

    Monday, March 25, 2013 12:39 PM
  • I don't think the "dark gray" is actually that..."dark". I preferred the "black" theme on Office 2010. It is much easier on the eyes. I wish I would have passed on the purchase of 2013. Thank goodness I still have 2010 on my computer! What was Microsoft thinking?


    Monday, March 25, 2013 5:14 PM
  • I agree, 2013 sucks. Also, what is up with having 3 programs icons (Lync, Word and Outlook) different shades of blue? Seriously microsoft, do you always fire the development staff that put out you last good product (98, XP, Win 7, Office 2010) and then bring in a new group of idiots on the cheap for products like Vista, ME, Win 8, and Office 2013? Outlook 2013 is insufferable to look at for more than a couple of minutes.
    Thursday, April 04, 2013 9:37 PM
  • the color scheme is horrible, amateurish and bland.

    If there are changes in the next few days, I will uninstall and revert to MSO2010

    Sunday, April 14, 2013 4:00 PM
  • Many people complained about having only the "blinding white" theme in the preview. Surprisingly MS listened and added the "light grey" and "slightly greyer" themes.  I agree, they are not enough.  Personally, I would like to see them implement, or offer optional downloads of both the 2007 and 2010 UI themes.  I have not seen any buzz about more themes in the foreseeable future. The only way we will get them is if enough people complain to MS about it.  Your post here is a start.

    Your satisfaction Matters! Let us know your thoughts about your Microsoft experience.

    MS has a very large audience, so if you want your suggestion to be acted upon you need many people to make the same suggestion. So ask your friends, fiends <grin>, enemies, relatives, co-workers, strangers on the street to also submit your suggestion to all of the following locations.

    Here is proof  that once in a blue moon MS does actually listen to user input about some of its “stupid” design decisions:

    So “.. yes Virginia …”, it is worth complaining about the stupid ribbon, or other pet peeve, they sometimes pay attention.

    But then again, when I looked at the “before” and “after” I don’t see much improvement!  I’m afraid this is a four-runner for a “metrified” Office 15.  Well, we’ll see.

    Another example of MS sometimes listening is found in Outlook. In 2010 MS removed the “Unread” messages view from Outlook.  In 2013 the “Unread” view is returned.

    There are examples of how well the “listen”, like the 2013 Preview White color scheme. The “fix” is 14 new application bar designs, and 2 shades of grey color schemes … 

    In addition, this page has screen captures of Outlook 2013 RTM (don’t miss reading the comments, they are hilarious):  

    Screen caps of new “color” scheme.  But at least they have a choice of 14 “background designs” for the title bars.  Well, there you go, we can see that they certainly have their priorities straight  <sigh>!297&authkey=!AGZ-GhCx9Q1ZUug – JPG comparing color schemes from 2003-2013(RTM)!298&authkey=!AN36Nw-TqH6py2M – Original DOC comparing Color Schemes from 2003-2013 (RTM) allows you to zoom in for more details


    Microsoft: Tell us what you think

    NOTE: when you post comments / suggestions it is best to limit each submission to one issue. That way replies can be specific to that error. And it makes it easier for MS to assign a submission to a specific development group or person.



    MS Office 365



    You may be able to do it in this tool:

    Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run -

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    Yoni: As for the ODT, there are a few must-read articles on TechNet you'll want to look at to get a grasp of what the tool does and how to configure Office at install time.


    <snip >

    This article includes following statement

    Jeremy: I had a chance to interview Skji Conklin the program manager looking over Office Group Policy and Roaming Settings. I think a lot of people who grew up with Roaming User Profiles in Windows might get confused about how the roaming feature works in Office. On the Windows side, we roam the actual file on each log in or log out event, which could amount to several MB of data while causing performance issues among other things when logging in and out.

    In Office, we roam a tiny amount of information tied to the user account - links to the most recently used docs (MRU), custom dictionary, last page or last slide, and theme settings. Since we only roam links to files instead of the files themselves, the settings package is tiny and file access management policies remain intact.


    This document that collects many deployment links from technet does not mention themes at all

    Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2013

    • Proposed as answer by IT94 Friday, May 17, 2013 4:02 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by IT94 Friday, May 17, 2013 4:02 PM
    Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:09 PM
  • I'm on day 2 of a new laptop, and I am so disappointed with the background colors available.  I hope that more are added soon. Light gray & dark gray are not enough options for me.  I had been using office 2007 and 2010 and was excited to try out home premium.  I do not use gmail because I don't like the interface.  I hope it is upgraded soon.
    Monday, May 27, 2013 12:51 PM
  • I feel sorry for you community support representatives who have to excuse this, because every update to Office is worse than the previous one. My hard drive on my home computer died and my Office 2007 died with it, and I have been forced today to use Office 2013 for a few hours. It's given me a colossal headache and I've had to stop working because it's just blinding. This is inexcusable and I hope whoever thought a grayscale theme was a good idea has been fired. I'm hunting up a copy of 2010 to use on my home PC and I'm going to recommend to my organization, in my capacity as technical support adviser, that they do NOT upgrade to 2013. Windows OS keeps getting more sleek and colorful, so I have no idea why Microsoft decided to go to a blinding, blocky, UGLY interface that actively impedes end users. The mind boggles that this ever made it off the original designer's desk, much less into production.

    If this continues, I'm going to recommend my organization switch to Google drive. Microsoft Office just becomes less useful with every new iteration.

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8:09 PM
  • Wow... I just got "upgraded" from Office 2010 to Office 2013 at work.  I can't stand the blinding white.  In only a couple of minutes and my eyes are spinning.  I cannot stand looking at this for more than a minute or so.  I really hate Linux on the desktop but I don't think I have much of an alternative.  I need my eyes, right?

    Monday, February 24, 2014 10:32 PM