Microsoft Office Insiders can try out the mica blur effect in Microsoft Word on Windows

Microsoft Office Insiders can try out the mica blur effect in Microsoft Word on Windows

Microsoft has been gradually rolling out a mica blur effect in its Word app for the Beta Channel Office Insiders.

Microsoft is getting closer to rolling out the Mica blur effect in Microsoft Word. Mica is a new blur effect available in Windows 11 and was spotted in Microsoft Word by an Office Insider participating in the Beta Channel.

What you should know

  • Microsoft is already testing out the mica blur effect on Word on Windows 11

  • Mica is only a sample from the background of your PC and needs fewer system resources than an acrylic blur.

  • Office Insiders spotted the Mica effect which is rolling out gradually across the beta channel.

Mica is an effect that will be seen on some apps on Windows 11, including File Explorer. This example looks at the PC’s wallpaper rather than any apps behind an active window. This effect would have been seen in several other Windows versions too.

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Here’s Microsoft’s description of the Mica tool from a support document:

Mica is a dynamic, opaque material that’s perfect for theme & desktop wallpaper. Put it behind long-lived windows such as app & settings windows to give them a rich look. You can use mica to create a visual hierarchy for your apps and delight users by giving them more clarity on which window is in focus. Apps work better with mica because it only takes samples of the desktop.

It seems like the mica effect is slowly rolling out to Insiders. Some Insiders who were part of the newest update to Word have not seen it even after updating.

If you want to check out previews offered by Microsoft like mica blur and annotate in Word, as well as extra features in the latest Office apps; please follow our guide on how to enroll in the Office Insider program.

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