Word, Excel, and PowerPoint start

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint start

The start experiences are the first thing users see when they open Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Based on usage data, research-validated user jobs, design principles, and metrics we wanted to move, I created a number of start page prototypes. Then, I conducted multiple rounds of user testing until we landed on a preferred design that's optimized for how people actually use the experience.

The new design – for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint web apps – serves as the "blueprint" for other Office start experiences being developed for Windows, Mac, and mobile.

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Word Excel PowerPoint

Previous design

Previous PowerPoint Online start page design

New design

Quick start

User's can quickly create a new presentation, find existing ones, share, and work with others.

PowerPoint Online start page with New and Recent presentations sections

Frequently used commands

Users can access frequently used commands by hovering over presentations. More options are accessible via an overflow menu.

Overflow menu includes: Open in PowerPoint Online, Open in PowerPoint, Share, Add to pinned, Download, Remove from list, and Open file location.

Efficiency mode

Optionally, the themes can be hidden allowing the user's content to move up the page.

Animation showing how PowerPoint themes can be hidden

Themes experience

Users can go to a dedicated themes experience to browse additional themes.

Screenshot of the new PowerPoint Online templates page.

Word Excel PowerPoint

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Office web start pages

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint start

User-centered designs for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in the web.

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Fluent design helps users find files faster and work with others.

Office.com homepage

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Simplified page design that positively moved metrics.

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Beta loyalty program that grew rapidly with high engagement.