Can you please give us back a window border on Office
Office 2013 has no windows border. As a result it is very hard to grab and scale the application and you never know which window has the keyboard focus. Windows have frames for a reason, i.e. to give a visual cue which one has the focus !!
If you insist to persist with this madness, please add an option to switch it back on and then see how many of us will switch it back on.
Kevin Brannen commented
Sadly this state is still true as 2019 ends. Office 2019/365 apps don't honor the OS theme (Aerolite gives a border) nor do they honor the OS theme window color. This means it takes me about 3 times as long to find the border to grab when resizing and heaven help me if I have to grab the upper right corner as it's far too easy to miss the border and click the "close window" button.
Please developers and develop managers, please make the Office apps use the OS theme; then those that want borders can have them, and those that don't want borders can have that. We know what makes us more productive better than you do. The persistence to not have borders comes across as condescending.
Wayne Erfling commented
Because of this on-going destruction of the "window" metaphor I refer to the "creator" update of Windows 10 as the "destructor" update. It's when the final vestiges of user control over fonts and colors was removed from the Control Panel.
It looks pretty bad even in Office 2016 and Windows 7, because Office disregards the Control Panel settings.
Getting back to Office, I'm using the "blue" color scheme and when two blue windows are overlapping I often have trouble seeing where to move the mouse pointer to "grab" the window I want to move.
When "classic" mode was available I always updated BOTH the window border and window caption to be BRIGHTER for active and DARKER for inactive. So much easier to manage my desktop.
Microsoft, I don't know which numbskulls came up with tiny fonts, low contrast and near-borderless windows, but couldn't you put them all in some basement somewhere working on something "special"?
It is actually worse than that. The border is still there, but it is invisible. If you drag your mouse to Excel, it turns into a resizing icon about 5 pixels or so from the Excel application. If you double click on anything in that space, the clicks are sent to excel and it expands appropriately. Talk about a totally useless and counter productive behavior. If you are going to make an invisible 5 pixel wide border, make it on the inside of the application window.
Jan Wx, NZ commented
RobS you are so right.Developers I add: the principle of windows is that the user is in control of the windows and windows manager. Thus the setting of the window frame size, colors, fonts, etc, is up to the user. Modal windows stopping the flow of the user should be used sparingly. I know all revolutionary ideas of 30 years ago, but maybe you newby programmers to computing could do some reading and learning from those who have grappled with the issues before you.
Yes...I'm force to use a Mac at work and the borderless windows drive me crazy and I can never easily figure out where one window ends and the next begins so I often click on the wrong window and lose productivity.