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How To Change the Color Scheme

If you’ve started using which was launched as a preview this week by Microsoft, you might want to jazz up the look of it a bit. Changing the color a little bit is about all you can do right now.

Go to and log into your Microsoft email account – @live, @hotmail, @msn, Xbox Live or @outlook. Then, click the Settings (Gear Icon).

Outlook Settings

From the menu that comes up, hover your mouse over one of the available colors. The color will change just by hovering over it. So you can get a preview of how it will look.

Hover Mouse over Color

The Commands Bar will be the most obvious change in the color scheme. But if you look closely, the menu borders, email highlights, links and certain text will change to the color scheme you select too.

Dark Red

While changing the appearance of your inbox is limited right now, I would expect more options and third party plugins will give us the ability to customize it more in the future.


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2 Responses to How To Change the Color Scheme

  1. Rod October 13, 2016 at 11:10 pm #

    I almost died when my Hotmail address at upgraded itself last night. I literally have to strain my eyes to read anything. Grey text on a white background is anything but user friendly. Who on earth thought that was a good idea? They should lose their job! I’m already thinking of swapping over to my Gmail account, just because the colour contrast is vastly better.
    The upgrade was also badly managed. I lost all of my connected email accounts that I accessed through Hotmail, and had to reset that up. Sub-folders moved position too.
    From a company as expert as Microsoft, I expect much much more than has happened with this particular upgrade.

    • Steve Krause October 14, 2016 at 9:13 am #

      Yeah, the default theme is not good…. I personally changed the theme to BLACK on the new Email Client and it’s much much better.

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