Issue 75049

Summary: Change the default Application Background Color
Product: General Reporter: pagalmes.lists
Component: uiAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: ace_dent, christian.jansen, cno, eric.bachard, issues, matthias.mueller-prove, stella.schulze
Version: OOo 2.1Keywords: oooqa, usability
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: ---
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Description Flags
the grey color to change
Office 2007 screenshot
OOo 2.3 Changed OOo background color to Sun 3
A before / after screenshot with a background color changed to Sun4 none

Description pagalmes.lists 2007-03-02 08:52:40 UTC
I would say that this issue is a ux enhancement. At the moment, one of the most
visible difference between OOo and Ms Office is the background color (cf

It would just make OOo look better to change it to something else that the
current grey.
Comment 1 pagalmes.lists 2007-03-02 08:58:18 UTC
Created attachment 43478 [details]
the grey color to change
Comment 2 ace_dent 2007-03-02 17:40:42 UTC
This color may already be changed via:
Tools > Options... > > Appearance > Application background.
So, this would satisfy my need as a User to change my preference.

However, I guess you're enhancement request is more wrt to the out-of-box color
used. Any suggestions? The grey used is pretty similar to the default in my copy
of MS Office... in fact, I had never even noticed the color until now...
Comment 3 pagalmes.lists 2007-03-03 14:54:08 UTC
I noticed the difference about colors when  tried Office 2007. I will attach a
Comment 4 pagalmes.lists 2007-03-03 14:55:28 UTC
Created attachment 43504 [details]
Office 2007 screenshot
Comment 5 pagalmes.lists 2007-03-03 15:10:12 UTC
I would say that for chosing a color, the UX guy's would be the right to ask for
it. mmp and the UX guys already started working on colors (for the chart and for
the OOo palette). This could be a next step.

BTW, I created a related issue 75091
Comment 6 johanneseva 2008-02-12 18:46:15 UTC
Created attachment 51480 [details]
OOo 2.3 Changed OOo background color to Sun 3
Comment 7 johanneseva 2008-02-12 18:52:18 UTC
I voted for this issue - it would be an important UI change for OOo - and an
easy one, to make the default application background color nicer than this ugly
gray default. See posted screenshot.

A related enhancement would be to make the the "text limit line" color lighter
(as in my screenshot) - by default it is too dark, without any reason and
interferes with a WYSIWYG feeling as it will not be printed!
(Word doesn't display the "text limit line" by default at all.)

While I think the "text limit line" can be useful, it should be a very light line...

These could be two great enhancements for OOo, without too much hours of work!
Comment 8 johanneseva 2008-02-12 19:26:54 UTC
With "text limit line" I meant:
"Text boundaries" in the Options > Appearance dialog.
Comment 9 johanneseva 2009-02-28 22:12:55 UTC
Created attachment 60564 [details]
A before / after screenshot with a background color changed to Sun4
Comment 10 pagalmes.lists 2009-03-01 18:16:12 UTC
cj, I added you to this issue because you are in the ux team. Could you ceck if
such a task has already been evaluated? Thanks!

BTW, is there a keyword user_experience or ux or similar?
Comment 11 johanneseva 2009-07-30 22:49:12 UTC
Would it be possible to change the Summary from
"Change the Background Color"
"Change the default Application Background Color"

"Application Background" is the correct terminology, and it would prevent
duplicates like Issue 89563.
Comment 12 msandersen 2009-07-31 14:51:54 UTC
My issue may be a duplicate of this one (Issue 89563), so I'll repost here:

This applies to all the other components as well.
For OOo3, we need to get rid of some of the grey. It's so Windows 95-ish.
It may be a bit of Office Envy, but especially now I'm on Vista and moved to
Office 2007, I'm sick of grey everywhere. I propose a default Application
Background called Steel Blue: Something like 
Saturation: 40
Brightness: 85
(RGB 128 171 214)
Comment 13 matthias.mueller-prove 2009-08-11 16:32:10 UTC
I just applied RGB decimal 53/85/107 (="Sun Blue - Secondary") to my instance of
OOo; this is a calm and dark blue background. Stella, can you pick a color and
forward this to...(?) to get it implemented? Thanks. 

BTW_ Do we have an issue to paint a smooth alpha shadow for the pages? The thick
black lines do also need a refreshment.
Comment 14 stella.schulze 2009-08-13 11:18:04 UTC
hi frank,

this issue should be fixed with the renaissance project.

please take care about the consistent colors of all backgrounds inside office - also the start center.

It would be wonderful to have a subtle gradient, too... ;)

Comment 15 thorsten.ziehm 2009-09-10 11:45:59 UTC
Branch-date (feature- and code-freeze) for OOo 3.2 is nearly done. Therefore I
change the target of this issue to OOo 3.x. If you think it is a stopper for OOo
3.2 please change the target back.