Dark theme problems!
See thread for issues related to dark theme. Here are some that are noted:
1. In dark theme, the warning messages are quite unreadable in the private messaging window
2. When an email is sent in from Outlook on the Web when I’m using the dark theme, the text in the email is very dark as per the original email. When viewing this email with Teams using the default (light) theme, it looks great.
3. In Teams chat, no way to turn text back to WHITE, when using the dark theme.
4. Using the dark theme, I have to hunt around a bit to find chats with new messages. Since the only notification that a chat with a specific person has new messages is that the text is bolded, it’s easy to miss. Would be nice if new chats bubbled up to an “active chats” group or something like that. Or maybe a red notification as to how many chats I haven’t read, similar to the one on the “Chat” tab, but specific to a chat.
5. When I am using the dark theme, when highlighted messages are posted, they are extremely difficult to read. You should automatically change the color of the highlighter from yellow to another color that makes it easier to read for people using the dark theme.
6. Code blocks are almost unreadable when using the dark theme, the text is white on a bright-grey background.
7. When using an alternate theme like dark theme, copying messages out of Teams brings its background with it, meaning if you paste it somewhere else it has that dark gray background.
When copying something into teams, it preserves its original font color on top of the dark background, causing problems with visibility. If you are going to allow palette swapping themes, please add appropriate measures for text copied out of or into the app.
8. Currently font color which is grey is too light for contrast and difficult to read. Would be good if it is a dark grey or black.
This feature request is still being worked upon. No additional status to share
Items still in the works:
2), 4), 5) and 7)
Items we cannot repro:
6) and it doesn’t appear people are hitting it, but let me know
Items that are completed and in the public release:
1) and 3)
Lyle Hanson commented
For anyone dealing with the Dark theme preference seemingly being forgotten occasionally (see https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/34154212-dark-theme-reverts-back), here's a userscript which makes sure the setting sticks:
Dustin Pritchard commented
I like using the Dark Theme and icons for each team. However, when I invite guests to the team structure to collaborate, all they see are the default team settings and icons. This does not give our processes continuity of brand among other things. Please update Teams to allow for guests to have the same UX as a member (with standard limitations of course)
Other dark mode issues include Alexa app displaying weather correctly on both my laptop and desktop computers. Not sure where to place this information so people become aware of it.
George Butel commented
I tried a high-contrast dark theme for the first time yesterday, and I noticed that my eyes instantly started feeling good. I had not realized that they were strained, although I found the changing theme idea as a result of looking for ways to mitigate potential problems with blue LED light.
Unfortunately, some GUIs become virtually unusable after changing to a dark theme. Putting a sticky note onto a pdf with Adobe Reader, for instance, you can't see the text you're putting in at all, unless you highlight it after entering it. Text put into Copernic's desktop search GUI cannot be read directly either. An Estelar utility I use does the same thing. I was going to try to see if there was some way to change one of those GUIs individually in order to make them compatible, but, alas, when I tried to access the menus of Copernic, I couldn't read them either.
Since the dark theme does seem to be so good on the eyes, it is imperative that Microsoft fix these issues. I was going to joke about them being paid off to create eyestrain in order to benefit the opthalamology profession, but some people might take it seriously. There's too much conspiracism in the world as it is.
Perhaps there's some way to make individual applications run in a sort-of sandbox in the dark-themed system. Fix it so that the user can right-click on the program exe or shortcut, and select the option, "Modify GUI appearance," with, presumably, a sub-menu then appearing.
It's pretty unacceptable that these dark theme issues have not been resolved yet. They persist after a year... and we can't even select other themes. I wanted to move us from slack today... but I cannot do so liek this... is there a dev team that is even looking at these issues? Embarrassing at the moment.
Text pasted from Outlook that has colored text does not show up properly in the Dark Theme. The colors show up in the light theme, however.
Mark Richards commented
It seems like 6) is resvoled, I've not noticed it being paid lately.
Christopher Coleman commented
Having recent problems with dark theme and pasted in text showing up as white text against an almost-white background. Not *my* text, but other people's. I don't know what app they are copying from, but it is basically impossible to read.
Andreas Johansson commented
Using dark theme, and using highlight in Wiki you cannot (what I can tell) undo the highlight. There is no "reset" for highlight or anything. Why does Teams feel buggy?
Sean Ellis commented
Here's what Microsoft's own UI guidelines say about text sizes and fonts:
Accessibility and the system font, sizes, and colors
The guidelines for making text accessible to users with disabilities or impairments can be boiled down to one simple rule: Respect the user's settings by always using the system font, sizes, and colors.
If you do only one thing...
Respect the user's settings by always using the system font, sizes, and colors.
I am using the Dark theme. When I copy one of my posts and paste it somewhere else (Word, Outlook), the text appears in white font on a purple background. This is the "Theme" used in Teams, but I never formatted my text this way and I do not consider the automatic font color and background color to be part of the post. When I post it to Outlook, it should automatically look like text the way it would be when typed into Outlook (i.e., Black on White background, or whatever the user chose there).
James Wilson commented
As a user with sight loss, trying to adopt Microsoft Teams within our project team for a Sight Loss Charity, there is much work to be done to improve the UX.
I use the High Contrast Theme which works quite well, however all the Office Online tabs don't respect this setting and revert to a white background.
Is this likely to be fixed soon? Is there somewhere I can dump a lot of feedback about the UX in regards to accessibility, as this is a barrier to adoption amongst us. Thanks
John Jamieson commented
wiki content formatting is black text on a white background sitting on a dark page - not a good look
Turner Oloo commented
The dark theme option has disappeared from my Microsoft Teams desktop app. It's been a week since. Where did it go?
Currently font color which is grey is too light for contrast and difficult to read. Would be good if it is a dark grey or black.
Isaac Lax commented
When I am using the dark theme, when highlighted messages are posted, they are extremely difficult to read. You should automatically change the color of the highlighter from yellow to another color that makes it easier to read for people using the dark theme.
This is a problem with the high contrast theme also.
I would expect this to be a much bigger issue when the feature to support external access is resolved and the external users send email to the channel. Seems to be an area that should received accessibility attention.
Some message with black font color in the dark theme
Oscar Meza commented
Graeme Baker commented · July 18, 2017 15:49 · Flag as inappropriate
If copying and pasting text from a chat from a user whilst dark theme is turned on, the colour of the text is white, and people with the default theme can't read it.
This is really annoyin
SAME PROBLEM HERE BUT WITH WIKIS!
Graeme Baker commented
This is the only way to fix dodgy issues when copying and pasting. Where is it?