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Office 2007 – Death of Blue Screen

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.

Categories: regular, UI
  1. Chris
    February 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    In Microsoft Word 2007, it is not gone….just simply moved. Go to page layout and change the page background to one of the many dark colors. The text will automatically go white (for most of the dark colors) and will not affect the way the document prints. Remember to change it back as most people don’t appreciate the blue (dark) background and white text.

    • i82much
      February 17, 2010 at 1:16 am

      Thanks for the tip – not quite as good as having the view mode, but might be a workable solution.

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