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#1 Ambroos

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:10

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I was just trying out Office 2013, been playing with it for a while. Aside the fact that it seems to be (much) slower than Office 2010 everything seems about okay. One thing that annoys me slightly is the cursor animation, it makes me feel like I'm a slow typist even though I'm absolutely not.

One huge thing I absolutely hate right now is the inability to choose another color for the user interface. The white is WAY too bright, especially when it fills your entire display. It's extremely uncomfortable to work with and it makes your page drown in the user interface - especially on bigger displays. I don't have it installed anymore, but the black theme in 2010 was really comfortable to work in, putting the focus completely on your content. But now everything is white, and there is no way to change it.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:18

The white is WAY too bright, especially when it fills your entire display.

Simply don't maximize the window on a screen that big then.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:19

I just saw the Office logos and made this to illustrate what was in my head.

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#4 Travis959

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:23

One huge thing I absolutely hate right now is the inability to choose another color for the user interface. The white is WAY too bright, especially when it fills your entire display. It's extremely uncomfortable to work with and it makes your page drown in the user interface - especially on bigger displays.


I thoroughly agree with this. It felt like it was straining my eyes as soon as Word opened. I really hope there is eventually a way to change this natively or 3rd party.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:24

And now they're boats or filled containers:

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#6 Tom

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:26

And now they're boats or filled containers:


I did this immediately after and lol'd.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:28

And not to nitpick, but why did he say the ribbon was off by default when it is not?

The whiteness. Oh, the whiteness.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:32

And not to nitpick, but why did he say the ribbon was off by default when it is not?

The whiteness. Oh, the whiteness.

I think it actually is off by default. The reason I think we're not seeing it like that is we've all probably had 2010 already on our systems. A clean user profile will probably have it unpinned.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:33

They open very quickly for me but I can't say I'm in love with the UI at all. It's horribly bland and the lack of gradients means it just seems to mash together.

#10 f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:34

yeah i agree there is way too much white space. They need to make it a nice light gray around the document like what they did in publisher.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:35

I see your point

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:35

They open very quickly for me but I can't say I'm in love with the UI at all. It's horribly bland and the lack of gradients means it just seems to mash together.


Agree completely. Although I think it's to do with the whole metro style. It just doesn't fit with how they've done it.

Going a bit offtopic but kind of not.... The metro stylings used really does remind me of Windows 3.1. I'm not trolling so don't say I am; it just really does seem like it.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:35

They open very quickly for me but I can't say I'm in love with the UI at all. It's horribly bland and the lack of gradients means it just seems to mash together.


Yea I agree, feels like the theme service crashed and left a classic ui

#14 jakem1

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:40

And not to nitpick, but why did he say the ribbon was off by default when it is not?


The ribbon is off by default in touch-mode.

The whiteness. Oh, the whiteness.


I like it :)

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 22:41

If you're document is so small that you have that much "white space" around it, isn't that just a sign that you're either zoomed out too much, or your window size is too large?

That said, when I first opened Outlook, the "flatness" and "whiteness" of it all did take a few minutes of getting used to. But I think I like it now.