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The new Microsoft Office user interface was rolled out a few weeks ago. If you've decided to try new features in Office, your Office user interface may already have been updated. However, starting this week, the company is running it for all Office users.

The new update, which was announced earlier this year and subjected to rigorous testing in the summer, will be rolled out for all Office 2021 and Office 365 users. The new update should reflect the design language of Windows 11 with rounded buttons and edges and a simplified user interface.

A much-needed visual refresh

To activate the update you just have to activate that Coming soon Specialty. It's available in the top right corner of every Office app you use. click on the Megaphone icon, then choose Try the new experience.

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The change follows the company's focus on a fluent design system developed in 2017 that is prominently represented in Windows 11. The new user interface is much more user-friendly and easier to navigate.

What has changed in the new Microsoft Office user interface?

Microsoft made several changes to the new Office user interface. Apart from the fact that buttons now appear rounded instead of the sharp edges that most users are familiar with, the main focus was on making Office apps more intuitive and user-friendly.


Matching office theme

By default, Microsoft Office will now match your Windows design. All themes have been updated as well, including the black, dark gray and white theme. This is definitely a welcome change, especially for people who spend much of their day working in the Office app.

Quick Access Toolbar hidden by default

The Quick Access Toolbar is very popular with experienced users. However, Microsoft is now hiding it by default to simplify the interface and user experience. When you want to view it, just click Select Ribbon display options and choose Show quick access toolbar.

What if you don't like the new look?

Because of its popularity and high adoption rates, visual changes are introduced in Microsoft Office after rigorous testing. However, if you don't like the new look, you can always fall back on the old design.

Just click Megaphone icon, and turn on the Try the new experience Counter. Restart your Office apps and they will return to the older user interface as shown below.

As you can see, there is a little difference. the "Styles" area, for starters, isn't as spaced as in the newer iteration.

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Perhaps the most noticeable difference lies in the color scheme. Even though the dark theme is selected, the background will still appear dark gray.

Not a big update

The odds are generally subtle at best. Anyone who expected a radical redesign will definitely be disappointed. However, Microsoft plans to make major changes to the Office user interface in the future, including a floating command bar instead of the traditional ribbon interface. However, those are still a year or two away.

Right now, users can switch back and forth between the two UIs based on their preferences. However, this option will likely be removed in future updates. The subtle design change is actually a good step forward as it prevents any kind of workflow disruption for ordinary Office users.

It is evident that this new update has been aligned with the design language and aesthetics of Windows 11. For the most part, this is a welcome design change as it simplifies many parts of commonly used Office apps and reduces the focus on maximizing productivity.

Office 2021 or Office 365?

The update will be rolled out for both Office 365 and Office 2021. The new Office is available for a one-time fee, while Office 365 requires an annual subscription.

Depending on your needs, it may be a good idea to carefully review the features and differences between each feature before deciding which one to use.

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