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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Please for the love of the Office community enable us to turn the ribbon back to the 21st century. If I wanted Windows 3.1 icon's i'd install Windows 3.1
Bob Brown commented
New graphics are bland, all icons look the similar and are more difficult to distinguish, 'vibrant' colour scheme is anything but. Allow option to revert to previous superior graphics.
Why does MS keep updating things that no-one wants updated? My Outlook format has changed and for now discernible reason. I did not ask for this and I liked the old format. At least give users the choice.
PS On posting, I have to accept marketing although I can opt out at any time. Sorry MS, but you must allow an opt out at the start.
Stop making changes that do nothing to make the software more efficient or easier to use.
The new icons did nothing to make this easier. It only create a stumble in my daily tasks!!
The new icons look like they came from a children's coloring book. When is microsoft going to stop trying to cramp **** down our throats. Are these icons the brainchild of someone from the Windows 8 Metro team?
The new graphics/icons scheme is awful. The buttons seem bigger and when in gray scale they are not as dark which is not useful when using the computer in a vehicle on the road at night. We should have an option of the icons/scheme. other than four color options. The old icons were much better.
Keiji kei commented
Fire upper management! commented
The scalable excuse doesn't add up... what, there was no way to make the existing icons scalable? This is 2019 however there are no options to customize Icons and bars, something that was around for ages. But more imporantly, why deny the chance to ignore this scalable bull$...? What, was this meant for Windows Phone ? Zune? On the other hand, MS keeps encouraging users to try LibreOffice and now IT departments everywhere have one more reason to make the change.
MS Sucks commented
Typical MS... gotta have a reason to stay employed.. might as well overhaul the UI which nobody asked for.
You guys at Microsoft can't design a set of icons the way Apple does in the years, it's all nice that the icons are vectored like in OSX but who cares? only a small percentage of users who have a 4K screen in the office. The majority of users are stuck with the hideous set of distasteful icons. At least provide a function to revert this back to the way it was, i would never ever have updated if i knew this silly attempt of Microsoft to 'improve' of what already was fine....
Brad Bouldin commented
Changed without warning. Slowed me down. I don't like the bland look of the new ribbon either. We need an option to change it back to the way it was if we desire, rather than having it forced.
Outlook 1808 has already quite low-contrast icons, but compared to the new 1902 style, they are still great and I would like to revert to that design, was hit hard by the new "inventions" in 1902 which increases the "shades of grey" even more, making the icons even more low-contrasting and toy-like. Why does a professional tool need to have a paper-plane icon for sending mails, just resembling toy mobile apps? And the delete icon is line-art, only 1 pixel wide, making it even harder to see on large screens.
To me, the design of 1902 is a big disadvantage compared to 1808 or older versions. Why not let the user choose designs?
My Outlook just "lost" the 3-d icons and I cannot seem to get them back!
I got the latest office update today. The updated ribbon looks like they were lifted from the 1st generation Mac. Almost all the icons are greyish and drawn like line drawings by a 3 year old. My sincere hope is MS did not actually employed child labor to design this particular upgrade.
It's just stupid to change icons w/o warning and with no way to revert back. I have different machines at work that have the older (better) icon set. Only 1 of my PCs at home has switched. GIVE US THE OLD ICONS!!
Christine Crews commented
The new ribbon actually bothers my eyes. Too bright, and icons are too large.
I don't see the need to revert back, but I question why the change in the first place. You get used to working with the product then the appearance changes for what appears to be no reason.
Josie Houghton commented
On the sidebar they look terrible. I think because the sidebar where the folders are is a much lighter grey than the ribbons, the folder icon colours are too similar to the background and disappear. Could the sidebar be the same shade of grey as the ribbon?
I'm remembering the days of yore, when companies trumpted their color and color screens on their devices. We need to move Office back into the 21st century and get it's depth and color back.
T Meyer commented
Offer the upgrade in ribbon icons as an option. I really don't like the update. I have old eyes, and they are very difficult to see. They are very thin, cartoonish and colors are difficult to differentiate. I am not able to revert to an older version, since my company's IT department controls the updates.