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Include Additional theme options in order to provide a more pleasing color scheme

The provided color schemes make it very difficult to distinguish folders

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  • AdminOutlook 2016 UV Support (User Researcher, Outlook.com) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    j'aimerais pouvoir changer les couleurs du theme

    j’aimerais pouvoir changer les couleurs du thème. Les couleurs que j’utilise pour le calendrier ou les tâches ont changé dans la nouvelle version d’outlook, je les trouve moins tranchées et elles ne correspondent plus à mes choix de lisibilité, les nuances sont parfois très proches. J’aimerais qu’il y ait plus de nuances.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wish I could change the colors of the theme. The colors I use for the calendar or tasks have changed in the new version of Outlook, I find them less trenched and they no longer correspond to my choices of readability, the nuances are sometimes very close. I wish there were more nuances.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also, you could make Outlook look like the old version. Aesthetically it is was WAY better. Anyone with two eyeballs could agree

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The lack of ability to change the colors is definitely horrible. I recently was switched to the newer "Outlook Experience" and it's the worst ever. Second week working with it and I have tried to customize and change as much as I could to make it easier on the eyes, but to no avail. The dark grey theme is too dark, the black is just ridiculous, and white and colorful are both way too bright that it hurts my eyes! I'm miserable every day at work having to work with this.

  • Chris Nau commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dear Microsoft Developers, release date for Office 2016 was 3 years ago. And from the the very beginning there was a massive criticism about your design decision. In my company we are currently migrating from MSO2013 to MSO2016 and there is literally not a single co-worker (even not in the IT-Department), who is happy with the color schemes in MSO2016. Don't you think it's about time to listen to your customers and to change your attitude, that you know better then the people which are actually working with your product? So, please, give us back the freedom to choose the color schemes we think are the best for us! Best regards, a (still) faithful user.

  • Carl P. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Current themes are very tough to see - need to provide a way to customize the theme for the user.

  • Mark Meahl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think the calendar should have different color backgrounds for different months or at least have two colors so as you move from month to month it is easy to distinguish which month you are in

  • ShelLuser commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I recently got myself a new PC powered by Windows 10 and also wanted an Office environment so ended up with Office 2016 (which was affordable, I'm not interested in a subscription model).

    While I enjoy working with Word and Excel I plain out came to dislike Outlook with a passion, switched to Thunderbird because Outlook gave me headaches! I have my message contents shown below the message headers and because of the braindead theme it's become impossible to clearly see where my message list ends and the message header begins. It's not easy on the eyes, but a nightmare.

    I really admire Outlook and all its capabilities but this is just horrible. And nothing new: it reminds me of the Visual Studio 2012 theme horror; the default themes were *impossible* to work with because they gave you headaches. That got solved by MS who eventually added more themes, but seriously… What moron comes up with this idiocy, pardon the harsh expression there?

    Outlook in Office 2010 was awesome, I worked for years with that.
    Bright, clear color scheme, easy on the eyes. This… is just garbage. I can't work with this, hence my move to Thunderbird.

    This is not the way you please customers Microsoft :(

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This thread is getting so old and nothing has changed.
    Microsoft makes garbage products now.
    Unreal . They would rather pay bot types to sing
    the glories of bad products than fix it.
    What genius said remove the start menu.
    And it took forever to fix it.
    Yet you could find independent fixes within weeks.

  • Jay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Unable to distinguish messages on white and colourful option and is limited to four colour options. Urgent upgrade is required.

  • Daniela Grandi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I totally agree. The Office 365/Office 2019 themes are definitely ugly, inexpressive, flat. This makes even the reading more difficult.
    An update is urgent required to enable the customization of the feature.

  • John Womer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The Office 365/Office 2019 themes are simply awful. Comments from users at my manufacturing company...

    ... "Black" looks like a high contrast theme for the visually impaired
    ... "White" is too bright and strains my eyes after a few hours
    ... "Colorful" isn't colorful. It's just the white theme with a colored header
    ... "Dark Grey" is drab and depressing... like a cold, dark, winter day

    Why did Microsoft remove the user's ability to customize colors? The only excuse (a lame one, at best) might be to eliminate some security vulnerability, but are color customization settings like we had in Office 2010 really stored at the kernel level? I doubt it.

  • Shirley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There could be more color options in the e-mail theme. So the email could be customized according to the user's taste.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Bonjour ! serait-il possible de pouvoir mettre une couleur en arrière plan sur outlook 2018 ? ce serait bien surtout quand on a choisi dans option le thème noir ! Merci.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree. Greyish text, bright white background and almost no contrasts makes it difficult to read.

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