How To Enable Dark Mode In Windows 10

How To Enable Dark Mode In Windows 10

Dark Mode not only enhances the aesthetics of the interface. It also protects your eyes from prolonged exposure to the screen. Activating Dark Mode even improves battery life. If you own an Android or IOS device, you are probably familiar with Dark Mode. However, did you realize that Windows 10 has featured a dark option for years?

The following guide will demonstrate how to enable Dark Mode on Windows 10.

How To Enable Dark Mode In Windows 10?

Step 1

Open the start menu. Right above the Power icon, click on the Settings icon, which looks like a gear symbol.


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Alternatively, you may access the Settings window by hitting Windows + I at the same time.

Step 2

Select “Personalization” and click “Colors” in the left-hand pane. There are two ways to activate Dark Mode. 

The quickest way is to choose Dark from the “Choose your color” dropdown list. When you do so, Windows 10 and any programs that support Dark Mode are automatically switched to Dark Mode.


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Additionally, you may activate Dark Mode by selecting Dark for both “Choose your default Windows mode” and “Choose your default app mode.” Windows 10 provides you with two separate options for flexible control. 

The first choice enables Dark Mode only for the basic parts of Windows, which are the taskbar and the Start menu. The second option enables dark mode for any applications that support the feature. 


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How To Enable Dark Mode In Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office has a dark mode, or theme, which is disabled by default and must be set manually. The following instruction shows how to activate dark mode in Microsoft Office:

Step 1

Open any Microsoft Office program (Word, Excel, or Outlook). Click “File” and then select “Options” or select “Options” in the lower-left instantly upon program launch. 

Step 2

In the General Tab, head to the section titled “Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office.”

Step 3 

Select the color in the “Office Theme” dropdown menu. 

Depending on your personal preferences, you may choose either “Black” or “Dark Gray.” Your theme selection is applicable to all Office programs. Thus, if you select this option in Word and then launch Excel, Excel should automatically switch to a dark theme.


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How To Enable Dark Mode In Microsoft Edge

To activate Dark Mode on your Edge browser, you must do it manually. Follow these steps to turn Microsoft Edge Dark.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Edge. Select the menu button on the toolbar (the three-dot icon in the upper right corner), and click “Settings.”

Step 2

On the left-hand side, click “Appearance” and then change the color scheme to “System Default” or “Dark.”


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How To Enable Dark Mode In Any App

The majority of third-party applications have a Dark mode option by default. Therefore, turning it on in Windows 10 might not result in a change to their appearance. In this instance, here’s what to do:

Step 1

To enable Dark Mode in an app, open it and go to its Settings menu. We’re displaying this using Chrome. Open Settings by clicking on the three-point symbol in the upper right corner of the window.


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Step 2

Select “Appearance” and then click on “Theme. You’ll be transported to the Chrome web store. You’ll find an entire category of free dark and black themes there. Explore them and choose the one that appeals to you the most.


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On the other hand, the dark color scheme is available in the majority of programs through the Colors, Display, or Appearance sections of the Settings menu.


Dark Mode is an aesthetically pleasing way to use Windows 10. It may be more pleasant on the eyes and improve the applications’ readability. 

Hopefully, you’ve discovered how to enable Dark Mode in Windows 10. And if you become bored of the dark theme, you can go back to the bright mode. Switching between modes is as simple as a few mouse clicks.

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