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10 Microsoft Word 2013 headaches and how to cure them

Elsa Wenzel and Helen Bradley | Feb. 15, 2013
Microsoft Word remains the world's beefiest and most popular word processing program.

10. Stark design is hard on the eyes

Microsoft has sucked the color and the curves out of Word. Welcome to sharp corners and seemingly endless white space. Features are harder to find in the flattened ribbon toolbar, and working in the ultrapale Word 2013 environment all day can strain your eyes. This is a purely subjective assessment, of course, but it reflects a common complaint.

One user describes the appearance as "a barren, Boot Hill-esque, cold wasteland...with grey and white tumbleweeds and gravestones." (It also clashes with Windows 8, which the same user likens to "Teletubbies land.") To adjust the look and feel of Word 2013 slightly, visit File > Account and choose Dark Gray from the Office Theme drop-down menu. Adjusting your monitor's brightness and contrast settings may provide some additional relief.


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