How to make Office UI look like Adobe UI

This is a special post for avide Adobe users. Adobe products have dark gray menus. It reduces the eye-strain. Office menus are white in color by default. And many people work on Office as well throughout the day… so how do you reduce the eye-strain? Simple.

Go to File – Options and choose Dark Gray theme. This theme was introduced in Office 2016. Office 2013 also has a gray theme but it is not as dark. See the difference for yourself.

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Default Theme is white

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Change it to Dark Gray theme

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You can also try the Colorful theme. It changes color based upon the product.

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2 thoughts on “How to make Office UI look like Adobe UI

    • Hi Suhas
      Yes, I know it is there. But I feel that those backgrounds are more of a distraction. I do not see any practical benefit. I know that it is an aesthetic enhancement, not a functional one. But in the context of Office UI, aesthetic enhancement is simply not required 🙂
      Usually you will notice aesthetics playing a role if the object is low on functionality. If something is undeniably useful, aesthetics is just not required.

      For example, have you seen a fire extinguisher with a floral pattern on it? Or an electronic watch with diamonds?

      In short, that is not a FEATURE from my point of view. Hence I left it out intentionally. Of course, it is my personal opinion. If someone finds it soothing or exciting, by all means go ahead and use it.

      Cheers.

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