First time I saw Office 2013 I thought “damn that’s very white”. It’s actually painfully white. As a picture, it lacks contrast (dark colours being closer to black, and light colours being closer to white) and a tonal range (because it’s almost all white by default).
I googled for a solution and nothing official from Microsoft appeared but I did find instructions in a forum.
- Open up an Office 2013 program
- Click on File –> Office Account or File –> Account, depending on the program you’ve launched
- Change Office Theme from White to one of the two other options.
Here’s how the default setting looks in Office Account:
That appears like this:
Changing the Office Theme to Light Grey has this effect:
That’s subtle. If you want more contrast/tone then go with Dark Grey: