The ability to change my working background (in Word, Outlook and Excel)
I used to be able to change the colour of my background in the Personalisation option from the Desktop. It allowed me to choose any colour I liked for my page and text in Word, Outlook and Excel. It was wonderful and I used to share this feature with users I trained using AT since it was a free adaptation that made a huge difference.
I have always said, you would never spend all day looking at a bright white light, and yet we do, by looking at a bright white piece of paper in Word.
This is hugely important to anyone with visual stress, visual impairment, autism, Irlens or dyslexia.
Thank you, Sarah
Thanks for contacting us about this. We are currently looking into this and will give you updates on this as soon as made available.
In the meantime, have you tried the following as a potential solution?
Try these options for the user:
There are two ways to set high contrast to reduce eye-strain and improve readability. Please try one of these and let us know your feedback as to whether this resolved your issues or not.
1. Office themes, a “mild mannered” solution, where you can choose a theme with better contrast
a. Shortcut Press L Alt+ L Shift + Print Screen; talked about in: https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/19/accessibility-enhancements-in-office-365-for-people-with-vision-impairments/
2. High contrast in Windows, the “real thing”, which they set in the Ease of Access center
a. Turn high contrast mode on or off in Windows: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/ece8e1d7-1a7c-473c-a0f4-3c9d66fee295/turn-high-contrast-mode-on-or-off-in-windows
The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.
Looking into it ?!?!?!
You could do it in XP !!!
So 10 years on and an OS has been "developed" that doesn't have features that there was, on an OS that was in use how many years ago ?!?!?!
Oh my word, Microsoft . . . you reeeeally HAVE got it wrong !!
Kevin Priest commented
completely agree with comments by Anonymous on 10/12/19, should easily be able to effectively create an overlay (change the background colour on screen without adding a background colour for the document)
Please fix this! Currently writing reports for children with dyslexia and/ or visual stress and ironically I'm finding them hard to write because I'm getting visual stress from my screen! It's not too much to ask in 2019 to get a blue background, is it? Especially as coloured backgrounds are one of the things lots of my students need. Thanks.
Please fix this, I cant look at a white background and black is too dark
Your new version of Office is dogshit. Allow Word to have a different background than Outlook. It's like staring at the same damned program all day that at first glance, your can't easily tell which is which, especially when using multiple monitors and moving windows from one to the other.
Stephanie Stubbins commented
Please get this fixed a.s.a.p and then let your customers know!
I also support this idea. I have dyslexia and get visual stress, so high contrast settings can make reading harder rather than easier for me.
I've sometimes resorted to changing the page colour of word documents, although then you have to remember to change it back before sending it to anyone.
I agree, Microsoft needs to address this issue and allow users to adjust the background color to darker color to reduce the bright glare.
Angus Comery commented
I would love this feature as I'm dyslexic.
What I do is turn night mode on in your PC display settings. However it is frustrating having to turn it of and on in the settings if i use a different software eg design where i need the screen normal and not tinted orange.
Please sort it out
How interesting that Microsoft place so little importance on accessibility that there appears to have been no helpful response in over a year. This is a significant problem for me, I am replacing my Microsoft system at home for something more responsive but don’t have that option at work
I become visually fatigued with brightness, so high contrast doesn't work for me. I used to love the plum high contrast theme in the old Windows. Right now I would just like to be able to change the background color of the page in Word without changing the background for printing. Can this be done?
[Deleted User] commented
is there any update on this as im struggling with writing word documents not being able to have a yellow background.
I have dyslexia and found that this really helps - please fix. No response since June 17 so doubt there will be a response on this.
Given Microsoft's position on accessibility, it is disappointing that this has been an issue since Office 2013 on Windows 7 and all other OS applications since Windows 10. Please fix.
I am visually impaired and this is a very important feature for me as well. I have found some add-ins to help on browsers but not on the office products.
Neil Milliken commented