How to enable Office 2021 (365) new Windows 11 style UI

Microsoft Office has a new visual design style and here's how to get early access.

Office 2021 new design

The new Office interface designed based on the Windows 11 style is now rolling out to users. The new visuals were revealed earlier this year, and Microsoft is now pushing the update to Microsoft 365 subscribers and Office 2021 users.

The new interface is simply a coat of paint on top of the old interface. The new design matches the design language that the company has been promoting with Windows 11, which includes rounded corners for the frame and ribbon menus and a clean and clear style with monoline iconography and a neutral color palette.

You will find the new visual changes across the applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The update is meant to modernize the suite of apps for Windows 11, but the new design is also available for Windows 10. The new Office UI is available for everyone, but it might take some time to reach all devices.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to get early access to the new Office interface design inspired by Windows 11.

Enable new Office UI on Windows 11

To enable the new Office 2021 and Microsoft 365 user interface, use these steps:

  1. Open Word (or any Office app).

  2. Click on File.

  3. Click on Account.

  4. Under the “Product information” section, click the “Office Updates” menu and select the Update Now option.

    Update Office

  5. After the update applies, re-open an Office 2021 app.

  6. Click the Trumpet icon next to window controls.

  7. Turn on the Try the new experience toggle switch under the “Coming Soon” flyout.

    Enable new Office UI

  8. Restart the application.

Once you complete the steps, the Office experience will start using the new Windows 11 inspired interface.