How to enable or disable the Dark Mode in Windows 10

The latest versions of Windows 10 come with a new feature that is called the Dark Mode. What it does is change the appearance of certain Windows interface elements from white to black. In other words, the Dark Mode blackens your Windows 10. That can be useful in low-light conditions like when working at night, and it can be equally great for users who prefer black instead of white. If you want to learn more about what the Dark Mode for Windows 10 is, what effects it has on the user interface, and how to turn it on or off, read on:

What is the Dark Mode for Windows 10?

The Dark Mode is a new feature that is found in the latest versions of Windows 10, starting with Anniversary Update. It allows you to modify the appearance of your Windows 10 interface and some of its apps, by changing the primary color used by their windows, from white to black.

What changes are made when you enable Dark Mode?

In Windows 10, when you enable the Dark Mode, most of the default apps found in the operating system change their default appearance from light mode to dark mode. That means that certain visuals used by apps for their windows are changed to dark colors. The most apparent changes are these:

  • The plain white background used in apps turns black
  • The white background color used on menus turns to black
  • The light-gray default scrollbars used in apps turn to dark-gray
  • The default black text displayed in apps turns to white, etc.

Which apps support Dark Mode in Windows 10?

The Dark Mode works for most of the default universal apps found in Windows 10, such as Mail and Calendar, Microsoft Store, Weather, Photos, Calculator and so on. Here is a quick preview of how such apps look when using the dark theme:

Apps using the Dark Mode in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft also added support for the Dark Mode in File Explorer. Making this possible was not as easy as it was for universal apps, because File Explorer contains legacy code. You can read more about the challenges Microsoft's developers met, here: Inspired by Insiders – Dark Theme in File Explorer. Here is what File Explorer looks like when using the dark theme:

File Explorer in Dark Mode

Microsoft Edge, however, is an exception. Although it offers a dark theme, it is not controlled by the Dark Mode feature in Windows 10. To enable the dark theme available in Microsoft Edge, you must manually turn it on from inside the browser's settings, following this procedure: How to enable or disable the Dark Mode in Microsoft Edge.

How to enable the Dark Mode in Windows 10

Start by opening the Settings app in your Windows 10. One of the fastest ways is to click/tap on its button from the Start Menu.

The Settings shortcut in the Start Menu

In the Settings app, click or tap Personalization.

The Settings app in Windows 10

On the left side of the window, select Colors.

Setting the colors used in Windows 10

On the right side of the window, scroll down until you find the setting called "Choose your default app mode." Under it, there are two options: Light and Dark.

Choosing the Light or Dark Mode in Windows 10

Choose Dark and the Dark Mode is immediately enabled. You can see that the dark theme was applied because the Settings app instantly changes its appearance from light to dark (white to black).

Enabling the Dark Mode in Windows 10

How to disable the Dark Mode in Windows 10

To disable the Dark Mode, which is the same thing as enabling the Light Mode, follow the same steps from the previous section of this tutorial. In the end, set the "Choose your default app mode" setting to Light instead of Dark.

Enabling the Light Mode in Windows 10

Do you prefer to use Windows 10 with the Dark Mode on?

The Dark Mode can be a cool way to use Windows 10. It can be more comfortable on your eyes, it can make the apps more readable, and some people might even think it is prettier. We like the Dark Mode and prefer it to the Light Mode. Do you feel the same? Or do you like the light theme better? Comment below and let's discuss.