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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Are we able to get the old graphics back? For example the Outlook giant purple curly reply arrow is distracting and cartoonish. What we had before worked, at least give us an option to revert.
Deborah Katz commented
The latest Office 365 update has reduced my productivity by about half. I am trying to figure out where to find icons, and SharePoint won't tell me who has documents locked anymore so I don't know who to contact to release a document I need to update. I wish Microsoft would STOP changing the user interface, or at a minimum, let us revert to the way the previous version's UI was displayed. Make your changes to functionality behind the scenes, but leave the UI and way that we interact with the programs alone. If you want to change the UI, wait until you release the next iteration of Office.
We recently received this update on our office computers. I still have Office 2010 installed at home, and will not be installing a newer version due to this. We have the Home Use Program available and I have licenses for Office 2016 and 2019 but do not plan to use them due to this.
Allows users to select the user interface they want - I upgraded thinking it would be better and it is horrible
Now I can't go back - I find the new interface very inefficient - everything looks the same
Go back to the previous icons . The "new" ones are terrible !!!!!!!!! I abhor them!
Switch to the previous version !!!!! The newer stinks !!!!!!!!!! I abhor it.
Vernon Millsap commented
Users should have the choice to switch back to classic view if that's what they prefer.
In general, the new office does not have a very good user interface as from the three themes really the dark is the one which not disturbing. In addition, the new icons look awful, at least let the user have the choice. Besides, while I accepting the Terms of Conditions and provide my e-mail address I do not understand why I forced to accept emailing from the product updates, which I believe just another example of Microsoft bullying.
Alan Clarke commented
The new icons on the ribbon and Quick access, in all Office 365 Applications, are , to be blunt, ****. In particular the printer icon looks more like a face. They also appear to be chunkier, with larger text, making the ribbon take up even more valuable screen space.
PLEASE CHANGE THEM BACK, I LIKED THE OLD ONES!!!
I received the new update of the menus. This is by far the worst I have ever seen Outlook look. The lines are so thin, bland and monotone than you have to hunt for your options. Not to mention that whatever else came with the update has slowed my email to a crawl.
Every week I am getting Office Updates pushed out to my computer. And nearly every week something gets worse. Stop it already.
David pascoe commented
I don't need Icons for a toddler. Larger, dumber icons do NOT make me more productive. New icons, in new places, for functions that i have been using (in the same place with the same icon) for years does NOT help me be more productive.
You guys continually make software harder and harder for people to use!!!
This is a terrible update - you can't differentiate the buttons as easily as you could before ..... please change it back. Awful.
Please let us go back - these new ribbon icons look silly and i did not ask for a change nor did i choose to update them. You would think you would let your customers decide if they want to change. I was horrified to find out that all the icons I took the time to set up are gone and kindergarten designs in their place without warning. Please put it back asap.
Office365 sucks commented
Stop changing the interface at will. I don't want or like the changes you make. I still use the old full version of Office at home and have zero plans to upgrade until necessary just so that I keep the ability to control my environment and avoid this interruption. It seems that there are changes rolled out just so that the platform does not appear stagnant. Totally uneccessary in my opinion. The more that you move to a Web looking interface the more I think I should sell my stock in the company. BTW I don't like the fact that you are also asking for name and email address when posting. Respect personal privacy.
These icons look like something from the 90's - please fix or revert back.
Hampton, Dori commented
Provide ability to change look back to classic
Dan Plain commented
I prefer the old style icons, the new icons are harder to quickly pick out.
I don't know what update this is but the look SUCKS!
Well you obviously did not find enough 'real users' to get a grip on this. I work in an office of more than 10 people and apathy or ability is the only reason the others are not contacting you.
If there was a simple fix of reverting to previous icons it would be taken up by many who are less IT able and they can be helped by those working with them.
Instead of messing about with form concentrated on function.
the more screen space taken up by the ribbon the less area we have to work with.
So whenever you 'improve' something make sure you include option to keep the existing user interface view.
Simple rules, offer revert to options and concentrated on function rather than form.
Here is a novel idea .. ho about we keep the icons that we are so used to and easily recognized for the past decade and stop changing them into goobley-goop chicken scribbles!