One thing about Excel 2007 that really bugs me are the tab colors. Most of the choices look so washed out, rather than a nice solid color.
One does not have a choice when Excel makes the tab text white or black. Sometimes, Excel chooses a white font for the text when the tab color is light, making the text hard to read. For the most part, I would be happy if the text was always black.
I wish that Microsoft had chosen flat, solid colors for the tabs, rather than this “3-D” sort of look, which also interferes with reading the tab text. Also, the tabs are not tall enough.
I know they say you control the look of the tabs at the Windows level, but this affects the way that the rest of your system looks, and sometimes this look isn’t particularly attractive.
Has anyone else voiced these complaints?
A sample of tab colors in 2007
A sample of tab colors in 2003
I’ve never heard complaints about the tab colors. I tend to like the 2007 colors better than 2003, but I see the point about looking washed out. I’ve never noticed it before, but now it will bug me forever. The 2003 colors look, I don’t know, like they were done in MS Paint in 1986 by me. However, I rarely use tab colors. I’m an accountant, damn it. I like my data in tables and I like my spreadsheets in black and white.
What do you think of the Excel’s tab colors?