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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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      • 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.
        REMEMBER WINDOWS 8 ???
        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.

      • DFN commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Avoided an update for a long time, and finally allowed the update. Regret it. Fonts, folders, etc. - - - are terrible! Who DESIGNS THIS STUFF. It keeps getting worse.

        What are the plans . . . or am I stuck with hard to read fonts and stick outlines!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Come on, Microsoft. Numerous, varied themes come standard in everything nowadays (actually, for years now). You are a massive corporation. Surely you can provide this universal, user-expected feature.

      • James Oglesby commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to see this too, along with the email pane to be changed to match the themes color too!

      • Keith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also to provide clearer more visible and faster to use color schemes.

        If it were a choice, fundamental human rights would definitely have to come before prettiness.

        But MS has a choice. Give us options for those of use with reduced ability to see contrast and color due to age.

        Give us a choice of larger and clearer fonts (like Verdana 11 pt).

        Give us a UI where we don't have to stare to figure out what we're looking at.

        And IF you can, also give those who want prettiness their prettiness.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need more options to differentiate the hierarchy of folders. Colors, Bold, Size. I have literally replaced my physical file cabinet with E-mail and I'm spending an inordinate amount of time scrolling through hundreds of folders trying to find what I'm looking for. Unbelievable WASTE of TIME! Give

      • Jeremy Bradshaw commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Outlook and OWA are like red-headed b-tard child's that don't get any theme love.

        The new ribbon and buttons are a nice new look, and a good start, I was pretty surprised that they weren't brought along with some new themes. Even just the ability to choose the color of the top of the window, something...

        OWA's new Dark Theme is nice too, but it's just one new theme. We want more, please and thank you.

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