Office for Mac gets Dark Mode, Continuity Camera and other features

Microsoft has launched a new update for Office for Mac with support for macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode, Continuity Camera, new proof reading tools, updates to Outlook calendar and more. The new update is now available for all Office 365 apps for Mac, which include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Microsoft had been testing dark mode for Office apps on macOS since some time now. Users enrolled for faster insider builds already had access to the dark mode. This new dark theme is compatible with macOS Mojave’s system-wide dark mode so you’ll have to go to System Preferences > General and change Appearance to Dark to use the theme in Office apps.

Here is how the updates Office apps look like in dark mode:

Excel for Mac Dark Mode

Excel for Mac Dark Mode

Word for Mac Dark Mode

Word for Mac Dark Mode

PowerPoint for Mac Dark Mode

PowerPoint for Mac Dark Mode

Outlook for Mac Dark Mode

Outlook for Mac Dark Mode

The dark mode should help for a distraction free work environment, specially during late working hours.

macOS Mojave has received further attention by the Mac team at Microsoft. PowerPoint now support Continuity Camera which means that you can use your iPhone to capture a photo or scan a document, and insert it directly in your presentation. Word does not support this feature yet.

PowerPoint also has new proofreading tools for spell checking, grammar and writing suggestions.

Word has received support for a new feature which lets users embed fonts in their document. This ensures that the document will appear as it should, on different computers, without the need to install the font files.

Lastly, Outlook has gotten some improvements for meeting and calendar:

  • Turn off forwarding for meeting invites so that your attendees cannot share them with other people.
  • See who’s attending a meeting right from your calendar, by clicking the event entry.
  • If you use Microsoft Teams, you can now connect it to your meetings in Outlook.
  • You can now share your calendars with friends and family and also open shared calendars in Outlook.
  • You can now see three time-zones at a time in calendar.

If you don’t see the new updates yet, open any Office app on your Mac, go to Help and click Check for Updates, to download the new version.