Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is visually a mess. But there are some things you can do to improve it. Here’s how Microsoft Word now looks on my OS X after a few adjustments:
It’s a lot less cluttered than the stock standard view. To get Word looking more Apple-like I’ve changed the font and font size, changed the theme to ‘Classic’ and turned off some options. I’d love to hear what you’ve done to reduce the clutter.
- The first thing you should do is click on the “Word” menu, click on “Preferences”, find the setting called “Personalise” and change the office theme from “Colourful” to “Classic.” Â This will change the top of the window to match every other OS X application on your computer. I’m not sure why Microsoft want to change the colour of their Windows but at least they give you the opportunity to turn this off. Â Unfortunately the bottom of the window still stays blue as you can see in my screenshot above. Â I have not found a way to change this.
- Reduce the clutter on the bottom Status bar by turning off the Â functions that you don’t need. Â This is quite simple you simply right-click on the status bar and select or deselect the options that you need. I have only left 3 options turned on – Â word count, Â proofreading Â and zoom.
- Reset the default page margins to 2cm. Go to Â “Format” then “Document”, Â set your desired margins and then click ‘Default’ Â to make them apply to every new document that you create.
- Change the default font to something more visually appealing. The Microsoft Fonts are in my opinion quite ugly. I have set my default font to ‘Avenir Next’ Â but you can set your default font to whatever you want by going to Â “Format”, “Font” and selecting the font that you want, the size that you want, and then clicking the “Default…” Â button to make that front apply to all your new documents.
- Hide the “Ribbon.” Unfortunately you can’t customise the “Ribbon” in Word 2016. Â It looks like Microsoft are trying to push people to move to the subscription Office 365 version. Â In that version you can customise your ribbon but in the purchasedÂ version the setting to customise the ribbon has been removed. It looks a lot better if you disable the ribbon by clicking on view and de-selecting it.
- If you want you can drag the ‘Styles’ pane to the side to have more of a Pages feel like this:
It seems that by using 3rd party Word ‘Add-ins’ you could theoretically make any pane removable. There are lots of free panes to download but as of yet I haven’t found any simple text formatting panes that change the font and thus replace the functionality go the ribbon. Hopefully someone will think this is a good idea and make some!