Outlook 2013 Change Theme Colours

Written by Allen White on. Posted in Office 2013

Out of the box IMO Outlook 2013 is a bit bright and garish, lucky you can change the color scheme from the white in your face look, unluckily its in a stupid place you would never look. To change the colors in Outlook 2013 do the following.

In the top left hand corner select File then Office account as seen below.


office account

Now on the right hand  screen you will see the option to change the Outlook 2013 theme. Select the colour scheme of your choice.

Change outlook 2013 themeI find dark grey a lot easier on the eyes. You can also make changes to make new emails stand out more, try the below.

Click the View tab, Other Settings, change Grid Line Style to Solid (helps separate the emails)

Click the View tab, Conditional Formatting, Click Unread Messages, the click Font, change Font Style to Bold (helps identify new emails quickly)


Outlook 2013 colours


Ahhh my eyes are no longer bleeding.

office 2013 themes


Allen White
Allen is a Consultant for ITPS in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

ITPS provides strategic IT consultancy, implementation, data centre provision and unified communications, as well as support services and workspace and disaster recovery. If you require a consultation then please contact me via the contacts section or direct on 07931222991, add me on linkedin. https://uk.linkedin.com/in/allenwhiteconsultant0001

Comments (5)

  • Cilica


    White and Grey are not colours, in fact I hate these settings, I’d like to know where to really change and add a custom colour. If not possible to change from drab all together no difference viewing pleasure, I’m going to change to a different program than outlook.


    • Cilica


      I just found Zimbra and will try this instead of Outlook and its free.


  • Trev White


    Suicide grey is not for me either. Is there a way to get proper colours now?


  • Sara


    The three options (White, Grey, and Dark Grey) give me a headache and eye strain. What were they thinking? This is a no go for me!


  • Jacob


    I really hope that Microsoft send through a new colour scheme update because we’re forced into using this programme at work


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