Microsoft has begun to bring out the new Windows 11 Style User Interface to Office 2021 and Office 365 users. The user interface, which was revealed earlier this year, is now being distributed to users.
The UI/UX hasn’t changed significantly because it’s essentially just a new skin on top of the existing interface. The good news is that the design is aligned with the new design language that Microsoft has adopted for the Windows 11 operating system, providing a consistent UX across Microsoft devices.
The redesigned interface features rounded corners for the frame and ribbon menus, as well as a clean and simple design with monoline iconography and a neutral color palette. When the revised UI is applied, it alters the appearance of all Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
While the new Windows 11 Style UI is being brought out, it may not be available to all users and may take longer to reach a large number of users. If you haven’t yet received the new UI, here’s a step-by-step guide for manually enabling the Windows 11 style UI for Microsoft Office apps.
How to enable Windows 11 Style UI for Microsoft Office
Step 1: Open Microsoft Word or any other Office Suite application on your computer.
Step 2: When the application opens, click on the “File” option on the top toolbar.
Step 3: As the options under the File settings are revealed, click on the “Account” option.
Step 4: Under the “Product information” section, click the “Office Updates” menu and click the “Update Now” button.
Step 5: Once the update is installed, you will need to re-open the Office 2021 app.
Step 6: When the app re-opens, click the “Trumpet” icon next to the windows controls in the upper-right corner.
Step 7: Toggle the switch ON for the “Try the new experience” option under the Coming Soon flyout.
That’s all. When you restart the application after making these modifications as described above, the Office experience will begin using the new user interface influenced by the Windows 11 operating system.