Allow to revert to the old Ribbon icon set in Outlook 2016
Allow to revert to the old Ribbon icon set in Outlook 2016 especially in Enterprise scenario.
Thank you for your feedback. Office has hundreds of millions of people who rely on it every day to do their best work. Customers have a wide range of hardware, including displays that can’t faithfully reproduce all colors or provide good contrast so what may be clear in one device can be hard to see in another, or even the same device in a room with different lighting conditions.
The last major update to the Office icons was in 2013, and since we’ve heard a lot from customer feedback as well as participated in emerging industry best practices for how to improve the accessibility of iconography. The new icons you see on Office 365 reflect these learnings – our intent is to balance all these diverse visual and hardware needs to provide the best experience to as many customers as possible.
We know big visual changes can be disruptive, and when changing thousands of icons sometimes we won’t get everything right so please let us know if there’s specific icons that you think could be improved (e.g., if a new icon metaphor doesn’t feel familiar, or if the new color choices in a particular icon make it harder to find). You can leave comments here, or submit feedback directly from any of the Office apps (using File > Feedback). Now that the new icons are shared across web, PC, and Mac we can provide a common experience that we hope will become more familiar over time, and with your help we can continue refining the icons and features over time so they work better for you and allow you do to your best work.
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new icon design sucks! same colour, just outlines... you must be joking... stop trying selling useless modifications as major improvements!
I can help but to comment on the MS answer:
"The new icons incorporate customer feedback we had received on the old icon design: bolder lines and higher color contrast"
WHAT? Taking colour out, making lines THINNER (not thicker...) is better to be differentiated?
The old 16x16pixel in Office 95 have been easier to distinguish (in a much smaller size factor!) than the new fancy icons!
Might be good to bring back the icon modification which was available on the old Office toolbars. I than at least can correct the worst offenders myself...
Another side note: This oversized white space around EVERYTHING... horrible: Look at the subject line in a new mail: Doesn't even look like you can enter something there. It is missing a drop shadow or a border...
In old Outlook I had many more folders (on a smaller monitor!) visible in my list than now...
Hate the new icons with a passion. End of story
Ana Maria commented
It takes the eye longer to find a black and white unfamiliar trash bin than a universally standard X icon. What was the reason for changing the icons on the ribbon?
The new icons are terrible. This is a business. They look like they were made for a first grade reading primer. Provide the opportunity for us to revert to the classic look previously utilized. If you truly had a user group that suggested this view they will be free to continue using it.
These new icons are terrible. It actually hurts my eyes. Let us go back to the old design.
So many good and agreed comments here. Thin lines, loss of colors in icons, mashing them together then moving them around - WHAT user feedback group would have called these an improvements? And Let users decide theme colors for OUR eyes, not some generic one size fits “most of us” model.
Bring back the ribbon before it was redesigned. The graphics are not user friendly. They are like pencil lines. Not a fan...
Please revert back or allow for "rollback" !
This update happened today without our permission, and gave everybody that tried to use it an instant headache. I spent 1.5 hours on the phone with customer support trying to find a way to switch back. We literally CANNOT use this. My eyes were burning from looking at the screen working with customer service. All new Appts are BRIGHT RED! All the colors are super saturated and bright, and look like Dr Seuss went to a circus! The “light” option has everything so faded out, and weird, everything seemed jumbled together. The dark version turned my whole screen black with bright colors jumping out at you. I don’t understand who thought this was a good idea??? We need this for work, and literally cannot use it! Please give us the option to add the “normal” setting for professional adults who aren’t color blind.
Harshith Tenneti commented
The Icon on the ribbon of MS Office suite should be more modern and 3-D looking and not old fashioned. With new icons its so bland and feels like it lost its charm or working in age old DOS mode. Please change them to interesting icons .. Internet is filled with new customized Icons all we need to do is google it.. Microsoft can do better.
Change the new icons back.
S. Owen commented
Ditto, ditto, ditto. I end up with a headache every day I use Office 365 since the icon change and have a very hard time distinguishing some of them apart. This is a terrible change and has really degraded the user experience and even efficiency.
PLEASE let users revert to the nice, color icons (used before the July 2019 update)!!! This should be a checkbox in the Options or a theme. I use Office on both my Surface Pro4 and my desktop PC. The B&W kindergarten-style stick figure icons are awful for the following reasons: 1) Harder to read. 2) Take up more space on my screen. Color Icons are visual and allow users to quickly pick the feature they need.
It's frankly beyond annoying that Microsoft continues to worsen the desktop user experience by treating them like mobile users. The habits of desktop users are markedly different. In this case, desktop users are physically further from their screens, making tiny colorless icons difficult to discern. This increases eye strain and poor posture.
And this is for what? Yet another attempt at "unified" user experience? Every time you do that, it's at the expense of the desktop user. I'm glad Microsoft doesn't design road vehicles. You would probably slow down all the cars to 12mph so they would have a unified experience with bicyclists.
And, by the way, I speak as someone who has his computer near a window and has less than perfect vision, so don't say you did it for people like us. You did it for people like you.
Give US the option to view our mail in a tried and tested interface. The new one makes it more difficult to read as all the text has been reduced and into a finer typeface. It's like you've reduced all type by 10 or more per cent to fit more on the page but this isn't helpful for everyone.
the print preview icon is very confusing - that is the one I have the most trouble with - what was wrong with the old icons????
yellow icon for Outlook 2016 for Mac, please
Changing relied upon icon is not good practice without having an option to revert. I hate these new icon sets and cannot revert on company policy.
Can the user be given the option to revert back to Office 2016 icons (used before the July 2019 update). The icons used in the ribbon are very flat and not easily distinguishable as were the prior icons.