It was brought it to my attention that Office 2007 killed the white text on blue background feature. I was incredulous – how could the folks at Microsoft be so myopic? This feature is an absolute necessity for long bouts of staring at a computer screen. But sure enough, Microsoft confirms it:
Blue background with white text option: This feature, included in earlier versions of Word to emulate legacy versions of WordPerfect, is no longer used.
According to rationale I saw discussed on forums the feature was killed because it affected such a small fraction of users. I too found that to be the case in college – few had heard about it. But those that started using it found it immensely more comfortable to use for those late-night research papers and essays.
If you have an older version of Word and want to see what the feature is, follow these directions .
This is not quite a viable alternative for people who must use Office, but WriteRoom and its Windows clone DarkRoom let you change the background/foreground colors to anything you want. They’re also the antithesis of Word with, a bare minimum of features. Apparently their bare minimum of features now includes things that Word does not.