Visual update for Office desktop apps on Windows is now available to more users

Back in June, Microsoft announced that it was updating the Office desktop apps for Windows . The idea was to bring apps in line with the Windows 11 design language, even on Windows 10. Over the next weeks, the company began rolling out an update to those on the beta channel, and in September, this is rolling out to users of the current channel. , but only as a preview. Microsoft today announced that it is accelerating its pace of deployment .

If you are using Windows 10 and are running Office version 2110 and build 14527.20226 or later, there is a chance that a visual update will be available to you. This is because Microsoft made the update automatically available to 50% of all Current Channel users. Meanwhile, if you are using Windows 11, you will definitely have a revision available. In both cases, you might need to restart your Office applications to get the visual update.

As a reminder, the visual update includes Office themes that now match your Windows theme (including dark mode), and the Quick Access Toolbar is hidden by default to simplify the interface. You will also notice the Fluent Design elements. You can simply click the megaphone icon in the upper-right corner of the title bar of your Office application, and then turn on the toggle in the Coming Soon panel to enable visual updates. The same switch can also be used to return to the existing user interface.

The panel will be available soon for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. If you enable the new user interface through any of the aforementioned applications, it will also be available in Access, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Outlook. While a dedicated Coming Soon panel is also present in Outlook, it doesn’t actually do anything.

The update is currently available automatically to 50% of Current Channel users using Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021, Microsoft Office Home & Business 2021, Microsoft Office Professional 2021, or Microsoft Office Personal 2021. The known issues are:

  • The Disable Dark Mode check box in Microsoft Word does not work if the Use System Preferences option is selected. Please switch to dark mode in the View tab or switch to Black Theme to enable it. Note. Dark mode only affects the page color of the document and is different from the Office theme.
  • There is a bug in the Theme Selector in the Word Options menu for 64-bit users. Go to File> Account and click the Office Theme drop-down menu to change the theme.
  • The dark gray theme has been updated to meet the new requirements for color contrast for accessibility. We are listening to your feedback on the change and are exploring ways to improve theme support.
  • The backstage (ie: the File menu) has not yet been updated, but will appear in a future update.
  • The Mica background effect has not yet been added to our apps, but it will appear in a future update for Windows 11 users.

Microsoft has asked users to submit feedback on the update through Help> Feedback and use the # OfficeRefresh hashtag to make it easier for the company to get your feedback.

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