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Put the color back in the Quick Access icons. The 2016 icon are impossible to decipher.

Put the color back in the Quick Access icons. The 2016 icon are impossible to decipher. The white theme is too bright. Please fix this awful problem. I am an accountant and I must use Excel desktop due to the size of my files. Your GIANT step backwards in icons is incomprehensible. Please give us a theme with the 2010 Excel colors and excellent definition.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This request has been out there since Jan 2017 - and Microsoft remains silent? - A courtesy response possibly - Too much to ask? Obviously NEW business is way more important than current base - FFS

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm commenting AGAIN. Please put back in colors! The Delete "X" needs to be's WAY too easy to accidentally click it!!!
    I have yet to find A SINGLE PERSON who thinks making icons harder to distinguish is an improvement.

    I'm wondering why MS thinks anyone wanted this...and why they are ignoring our DESPERATE PLEAS!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Every version it looks like you take a step back when it comes to aesthetics. Why not keep the option available for some of the older looks. We went from nice looking colorful icons to stick men..

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The icons are very difficult to distinguish. My last version of MS Office had icons of different colors and shapes that seemed easier to distinguish.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    With release version 1902 the colors are gone again, even with the white theme and the icons are all so similar. Please give us back an option for toolbar colors.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    RE: "Quick Access toolbar regained its colours if you select 'white' in 'office theme' for the 'personalize your copy of MS' in Excel options." by Anon.
    Thank you! This was driving me nuts. I didn't remember doing anything to make the QAT icons so difficult to see. What was MS thinking?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    One solution -> I found the Quick Access toolbar regained its colours if you select 'white' in 'office theme' for the 'personalize your copy of MS' in Excel options.

    Still very frustrating having to spend time tring to find a solution to an obvious stuff up on MS's part.

  • Keyser Soze commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I Agree, as well. ICONs are suppose to a way to select quickly. MS effed up the ICONs. Probably a bunch of liberals working there.

  • Ben commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree. MS has taken one step forward and THREE steps back with their User Interface

  • A Lee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree. Put the color back to the QAT or give us the option to have it be white or the prior version. Putting the QAT below the ribbon doesn't help much because you still can't distinguish what the icons are, they all look the same now (e.g., Save, Save As, Publish to PDF, etc.) Pushing out this update has caused my system to be slow as well..

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    OK Microsoft, this has been going on for months and you're clearly not listening, so I've downgraded to an older version of office and switched off automatic updates. I will never purchase a 365 product from you again.

  • Roy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    C'mon guys, give MS a break here!

    They are actually on the leading edge of things.

    I've been reading that Facebook, Imgur, Instagram, Pinterest, all the biggies in pictures... are planning to follow suit and convert everything loaded into their sites from incredible color-depth, mega-pixel, bright, colorful, information intensive images into the same kind of line art laid on a washed out and darkening background that MS has been using here.

    Apparently, people will get used to it, and accept it is all they can have. Sure, just like with these "icons" they may find there is almost no utility to them and stop using them, but that won't make the decision to make them like this wrong, no, no, it just means the billions of people who want color and value to them are wrong, and more so, wrong-headed, pig-headed, and not visionary at all.

    Of course, since no one can (I mean "will", surely I do) use them anymore, they will be easy to deprecate and then make disappear altogether. Who needs functionality like that anyway? Just the elite with their "I need something the masses don't" mentality! We should all be ashamed and be more accepting of the "one shoe fits not just both feet, but all feet" mentality.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I already commented once a few months ago, but I want to revisit because it's still a daily issue for me. I saw one response that we would "get used" to the new icons.
    I work in Word and Excel for several hours every day, and the lack of color in these icons to distinguish them from each other still slows me down.

    PLEASE listen to your users, and at least make it an optional setting to turn color back on!

  • Kevin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also want colors back in the QAT. Note I also still miss the ability to make my own icons from Office 2003! The selection that is offered is inadequate for people who want to use the programs ability to customize and increase efficiency!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Wayne Erfling is right. Not only is the color scheme a step backwards but their decision to move from a MDI to a SDI format is a huge detriment to usability for any advanced user of the program. What to work on three related spreadsheets at the same time? Your desk had better be large enough for three screens. Stupid.

  • Wayne Erfling commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Two of my colleagues were at a conference last week, and part of what they came back with was an assertion that developers should deliver not what users want, but what the developers "know" they need.

    I've been in software development for over forty years, but this perversion of the idea of innovation has only crept in within the last 10-15 years. I believe Steve Jobs is one of the messiahs of this idea about developers delivering what THEY want.

    My current iconic example is the NEST thermostat, which limits how you can control your home's temperature, how much history you can see and how much developers using their API can in turn display via their third-part apps (if the API is even available anymore).

    I'm confident that just as the NEST developers know how to heat and cool my home, the Microsoft developers "know" what's best for us in our applications.

    (switching ribbon tabs constantly still drives me just about as crazy as the limited choice of icons and colors)

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Fully agree the new presentation is a step backwards hopefully MS will see and hear our feedback

  • Mike Thiel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft is too big to listen to their users. Why they ever changed this and will not go back is just plain arrogance.

  • Hannah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please put this feature back, it is ridiculous it was taken away!!!!!!!!
    Also, have the colors for the icon work above the ribbon, therefore, you have more room for the spreadsheet itself.

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