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The new Office 2013 pure white background is too white. It burns my eyes. I have to turn my screen brightness down just to keep from getting a headache. Any fix for this or do we have to wait for retail?

asked Jul 24 '12 at 00:44

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This isn't an answer however, it is possible to change the color of the Outlook 2013 calendar... Just did a video on it here: http://www.groovypost.com/tips/change-outlook-2013-calendar-color/

(Aug 28 '12 at 18:58) Steve Steve's gravatar image

Not possible in the preview but it IS possible in the released RTM version. You need an MSDN or Technet version however here's the link: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/change-office-2013-color-theme-outlook-word/

(Nov 07 '12 at 16:24) Steve Steve's gravatar image

Good news - I just downloaded the RTM version of Office 2013 and they added the ability to change the theme!

All good! I just wrote up the how-to.


Note -- As of today 11/7/2012, you can only get the RTM (Final Release to Manufacturer Version) from Technet or an Enterprise Volume License Microsoft Account. So if you are still running the PREVIEW of Office 2013, the how-to above will not work.


answered Nov 07 '12 at 16:23

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edited Nov 07 '12 at 16:25

My eyes don't like the brilliant white either, there's no way to change it just yet so feed back to Microsoft and tell them how the white burns your eyes.

If people suffer in silence then Microsoft may release it as it is.


answered Jul 24 '12 at 04:51

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Simon H

edited Jul 24 '12 at 04:53

Yeah I'm with you guys. The lack of any contrast makes it really hard to even use Outlook in its current form. I'm powering through it but... yeah... painful.

I've already sent a few requests in to add back other themes.

(Jul 24 '12 at 11:02) Steve Steve's gravatar image

It is possible to change the color of the calendar color but yeah... that doesn't really help much when reading email.

(Sep 01 '12 at 02:06) AlexMVP AlexMVP's gravatar image

No way Microsoft will release it as is. I think this is there way to get people talking about it LOL @simon.

(Sep 01 '12 at 02:07) AlexMVP AlexMVP's gravatar image

FYI -- I've confirmed with Microsoft they will be changing up the colors and allowing some changes to the default theme and contrast. FYI.

Apparently, they are hearing the complaints.

(Oct 27 '12 at 13:33) Steve Steve's gravatar image

Day #2 of configuring new system with Windows 8 and just checking Outlook. That is the first I am looking forward to changing. How bright is the default? Can't believe there is no other theme. Are you guys using this seriously? Please provide darker themes. Thanks!


answered Aug 31 '12 at 17:35

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Tell me about it. It blinds me....

After using for a few weeks however, I'm getting used to the bright white. But yes, they REALLY need to add some color to it and add a little contract!

(Sep 01 '12 at 02:06) AlexMVP AlexMVP's gravatar image

to change the background colour in office 2013 follow these steps right click on your desktop Select Personalization Select Window color at bottom of screen Select Advanced Apperance settings left click on the window text picture select color 1 drop down box select other then move the crosshair to the color you require and press OK twice then save changes All office programme background colors will have changed


answered Feb 19 '13 at 16:02

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