Microsoft Office Unveils New UI


Microsoft continues to give users the experience they demand from their products. The latest example of this is the visual update to Office.  Earlier this month, Windows released a visual update of Office, which is designed for Windows 11 but also elevates the experience in Windows 10. This visual update delivers a simple and more coherent experience across the Office apps so users can focus on their work more easily.

The Office visual update is based on feedback from customers who asked for a more natural and consistent experience within and between applications, specifically on Windows. With this update, Microsoft delivers an intuitive, coherent, and familiar user interface, using the Fluent Design principles across the Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote Outlook, Access, Project, Publisher, and Visio.  

The visual refresh can be turned off or on using the Coming Soon feature in the top right corner of the app. In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote, click the megaphone icon to open the Coming Soon pane, read more about the visual refresh changes, and use the toggle to move between the new and current interface, and apply the settings to all the Office apps.  

Some notable changes include: 

  • Office theme – Office now matches your Windows theme by default and all themes have received an update. You can experience the visual refresh in any Office theme, including black, white, colorful, or dark grey. 
  • Quick access toolbar – It is now hidden by default to make the interface simpler.  

You do not have to use the same theme for Windows and Office. You can set one theme in Office and another in Windows, or have Office match the OS theme.  

Do you need help customizing Microsoft Office for your organization’s needs? 2W Tech can help. We’re a Microsoft Gold Partner with IT consultants on staff who are experts in the Microsoft Office suite of products. Call us today to get started.

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