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.
Unfortunately, I ALWAYS have the Quick Access bar below the Ribbon - and the icons do not show up in color for ANY of my Office 2016 applications other than "Font Color", "Cell Color" or "Highlight".
Are there plans to get this fixed or is it just a pipe dream?
that works for WORD also. Many Thanks KMJ. A you say it's not ideal as it compromises the feature of having the bar on the top line.
It's smelling like a coding error more than a design error now
I suspect there is a lack of people at Microsoft who have real in depth expertise in the coding of these old apps
If you show the quick access toolbar below the ribbon - then they are color.
Click the down arrow at the right of the quick access toolbar, then click More Commands,
at the bottom of the left slider box that lists commands - click box next to "Show Quick Access Below the Ribbon". Not a perfect solution - but acceptable.
Oscar Neuman commented
I also agree with JT's comment of Nov. 27, 2019. I am an engineer and I have used Excel all day every day at work for over 25 years. I have had a heavily-populated Quick Access Toolbar for many of those years. Now I can only see about half of my QATs and it is a pointless "anti-improvement" to be stuck with these huge icons. Why not offer the choice to have large or small QAT icons? There are hundreds, if not thousands of other options after all... Even Windows itself offers the option to have small or large icons in the "Taskbar Settings"; why not Excel?
Greg Haugeto commented
In addition to the lack of color, the footprint of each icon has increased as well. I previously was able to see over 50 Quick Launch icons on my monitor (without having to click on a drop down arrow). In Office 365, I am only able to see 45 icons and in 2016 this number is cut in half. Only 25 of the 50 icons I have saved to the QAT are visible without clicking on the "drop-down" arrow.
It was my understanding that the point of the QAT was to allow "one-click" access to frequently used tools. With a good number of my frequent tools no longer visible, I am forced to click twice. The same amount of steps if I were to select it from the ribbon.
With this change, you have taken the QUICK out of the QUICK Access Toolbar.
I agree with JT (Nov 27, 2019)! and A,Nonymous.
Lissa Arsenault commented
I agree with the consensus..... PLEASE PUT COLOUR ICONS BACK! If I choose 'white' they are there, but everything in white is too hard to read. Can we not take advantage of 'all the colours' and be able to choose both. Simple is not always better. Thank you.
microsoft has just updated my computer and there are icons missing and the colour is too pale how can I fix this, old age makes this annoying to deal with
Papa Golf commented
I'm totally disgusted by the lack of accommodation on the part of MS to this ongoing problem. I feel like they are just giving users the "finger". If I ever find a good alternative, I'm jumping ship.
This, and many other MS "improvements" are examples that the people who actually design and write the software, don't actually use the software.
Today's software design is typically being led by younger software engineers that have little to no real world experience actually using the product on a daily basis as part of their livelihood. They think just because it's "new and different", by default it must be better. It's a lack of common sense...
And it is utterly frustrating for those of us who are accustomed to having something that works well for so many years, to be changed just for the sake of changing it, with no thought given to real world usage.
Everything has to look like a phone app now...
Give me Windows XP and Office 2007 and I'd be elated!
This is how they used to look, later versions still had similar colours. What's the point of having a colour screen if everything is grey, this is not 1975. The fashion for everything grey, started by Apple and carried on by Google and Microsoft is unnecessary and discriminates aginst those who need the colours.
Thank you for telling us what we already know, David Squires, but there is relatively little colour in the white and we don't all enjoy having everything dazzling white.
David Squires commented
Just select the white theme and there they are. It would be best, I agree, if the colourful icons were restored in all themes.
Totally agree - please restore the QAT icon colours in Word and Excel at the earliest opportunity, Microsoft - a "GIANT step backwards" is an excellent description of the nonsensical and debilitating change you now face us with.
James Davis commented
I just clicked A.Nonymous' post as inappropriate by mistake. A very appropriate observation. Sorry.
A. Nonymous commented
+1 for this idea. It's absurd that Excel gives me so many icon options for the Quick Access Toolbar that are completely useless when the Dark Gray theme is applied. The ribbon still has some colors in it. Why did you make the QAT so useless in anything other than White??
Bring back the color in QAT you morons.
I just updated to the latest Windows 10. Word has the same malady , not sure if it's a new illness or one that was there since the Excel flaw arose that this thread pertains to. One customises the quick access toolbar, selects a beautifully colored icon, and one gets , well grey. It's as if MS is trying to make Windows look like a Kindle
Papa Golf commented
In addition to my original comment regarding the missing color, I have another complaint. In Windows 10 (it may have occurred in earlier editions, but I don’t recall) many of the Option tabs use a form of gray-shade print. Example - click on the File tab, then click “Options”. The list of options print is a gray tone, not a true black. Bill Gates should know that as we get older, our visual acuity is not as sharp as when we are younger. I find the font on the options tab to be MUCH harder to read than if the type was black instead of its current gray color. Very poor “improvement.”
Eric L commented
Microsoft joins many other software vendors with the monochrome look and simplified icon design. While it looks cleaner in general, for actual use it is inferior, especially with the Quick Access Toolbar. A red "X" delete button is easier for the eye to quickly locate than a white trash can rectangle that looks quite similar to the other rectangles nearby. There should ALWAYS be the option to retain the old look. I will have a measurable loss of productivity as a result of this forced change. We all know that MS will ignore this input but it feels good to vent. I'm stuck with Office on my work computer but this kind of poor design and forced change is one reason I've moved away from MS for software on all the PCs I own, and all of our laptops are now Chromebooks.
I managed to get the color icons back if I move the toolbar BELOW the ribbon (last option in the "Customize QAT" drop down).