Microsoft Office has a fresh new look – here’s how to update

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If you’ve upgraded to Windows 11 and want Microsoft Office to match the look of the company’s latest operating system, you’re in luck because a visual update for Microsoft’s Office software is now available.

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Back in June, the software giant announced a new look for Office designed for Windows 11, though it will also improve your experience if you’re running Windows 10, according to a new blog post from Microsoft.

At its core, Microsoft’s new visual update for Office provides a simpler and more consistent experience across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. It’s worth noting that the update isn’t available for some of the company’s other software including Access, Project, Publisher, and Visio.

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Once enabled in one of the compatible Office apps like Word, Visual Refresh will be applied to the others so that Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook will also have a fresh look.

Enable Visual Update for Office

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Microsoft’s new Visual Refresh for Office can be easily turned on or off using the Coming Soon feature in the upper right corner of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

To get started, click the Megaphone icon to open the Coming Soon pane, navigate down and use the toggles to move between the new and current interface and apply the setting to all of Microsoft’s compatible Office apps.

The biggest change in this visual update is the fact that Office now matches your Windows theme by default. This means you can experience it in any Windows theme that includes black with Word dark mode enabled, white, colorful or dark gray.

Another change is that the Quick Access Toolbar is now hidden by default to simplify Office’s user interface. To display it again, simply right-click the Ribbon or click the Ribbon Display Options icon and then click Show Quick Access Toolbar,

Microsoft’s Visual Update is now available for users running Windows 11, as well as those running Windows 10 version 2110 and 14527.0226 or later, but if you don’t see the update, restarting Office will show it needed.

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