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Office 2013 Interface - Really? This is The Best They Can Do?


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#61 Max Norris

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 22:54

There was a registry setting to turn off the capitalized menus in Visual Studio 2012, hopefully there's one for Office too.

Supposedly, there isn't, at least that I've read anywhere anyway. However you can rename the various tabs and that'll get around the caps. I personally just tossed a space on the end of each tab and that'll get them all in mixed case. Except the file menu. Go figure.


#62 Ambroos

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:03

My point is, if your screen is too bright when white is displayed, you've probably got it set it too bright to begin with. Setting your screen to its brightest possible point isn't the best thing to do mostly. That's unless your environment is particuarly bright.

My point is, it's not about everything being too white. It's about there not being enough contrast between the different parts of the UI. There is almost no visual separation between the UI and your content. That is BAD.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:15

must be your monitor,because its looks beautiful here.

and whats with all the bitching? you can change the theme to light and dark grey to look like 2010. seriously people.



Are you color blind or what? This is Outlook 2010


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This is Outlook 2013. Can you see the difference? I don't know about you, but to me Outlook 2010 looks way better.

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Office 2013 seems unfinished.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:27

Well I see what took so long, MS had to remove all the color, lol.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:28

Are you color blind or what? This is Outlook 2010


This is Outlook 2013. Can you see the difference? I don't know about you, but to me Outlook 2010 looks way better.

Office 2013 seems unfinished.

Use Dark Gray on that screenshot of Outlook, makes it easier on the eyes.

#66 Colin McGregor

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:32

here we go again more crying over stuff your not being forced to use

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:35

here we go again more crying over stuff your not being forced to use


If you depend on this software to work, I have news for you, once support ends for v2010, you will be forced to use it and adapt.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:37

If you depend on this software to work, I have news for you, once support ends for v2010, you will be forced to use it and adapt.


And Visual Studio has lovely plugin's that give you full control over the UI's colouring and let you change the menu bars.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:38

And Visual Studio has lovely plugin's that give you full control over the UI's colouring and let you change the menu bars.


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#70 Anibal P

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:41

LOL...LOL...LOL...Don't get your hopes up too high. I don't think they really care what we think. We are stuck with this crap UI and eventually, they will force us all to upgrade to it by discontinuing support for Office 2010.

I don't know who makes the decisions at Microsoft concerning this UI changes but they need to seriously get fired. This is insulting to the user. They should do a user preview test and let us regular people decide if we like this new Ui or not, not just throw it at our faces and say:

"Here you go, this is what WE like and you are going to use it like that whether you like it or not."


Of course they don't care what you think, you are part of the usual vocal MINORITY that are always harping about something
Also if the grey is still "too bright" you might want to calibrate your monitor and get used to colors looking right

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:49

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Go look in Extensions and Updates. Visual Studio is an extremely flexible and extensible IDE that lets developers more or less do what they wish with it.


Oh, and whilst I'm here, I doubt this is going to burn your eyes out.

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Oh look, I even managed to make the ribbon titles lowercase. Well I'll be :p

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 00:01

Looks fine to me.


Same here. Why all the hate?

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 00:14

I really don't like the fact that 90s style single colour gradients and flat UIs are coming back into Microsoft products. Some of these things make Luna look nice by comparison.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 00:28

If the white is to bright for you, maybe you should consider properly setting up your monitors and not run it at 100 brightness and 100 contrast with overdrive on and boost in the nvidia control panel ?

Seriously, if the white is so bright it hurts, your monitors is incorrectly set up and you're running brightness way to high.

My point is, it's not about everything being too white. It's about there not being enough contrast between the different parts of the UI. There is almost no visual separation between the UI and your content. That is BAD.


Again, decrease the brightness setting, and strangely the contrast setting on your screen, and you'll find that there's plenty contrast to be had.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 00:29

I really don't like the fact that 90s style single colour gradients and flat UIs are coming back into Microsoft products. Some of these things make Luna look nice by comparison.


Luna never looked nice.

I'll admit, the white in most of the Windows 8 stuff is overkill, but all of the other themes look better than 2010. I don't see the problem with all caps menus, tbh, I think that's very common in web interfaces these days to show different buttons levels.