Office web start pages

Office web start pages

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

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 forms the basis for other Office start experiences being developed for Windows, Mac, and mobile.

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(Note: To access these experiences, you will need to sign in to Office with a work or school account.)

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Previous design

Previous Excel Online start page design

New design

Quick start

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

Excel Online start page with New and Recent workbooks sections

Frequently used commands

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

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

Efficiency mode

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

Animation showing how Excel templates can be hidden

Templates experience

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

Screenshot of the new Excel Online templates page.

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