How to update your background and theme in Microsoft Office 2013

You can customize the bar at the top of your Office 2013 applications by selecting a background and theme. It’s quick and easy. Here’s how:

  1. Click File in the top left corner (this should work in any application…Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).
  2. Click Account (or Office Account if you’re in Outlook).
  3. Under Office Background, you can select from a menu of choices to customize the top bar in your applications. I chose Doodle Circles (see example below).
  4. Under Office Theme, you can select white, light gray or dark gray. The default is white, but that was too bright for me so I switched to dark gray.