How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 10

Dark mode is a lifesaver if looking at a bright screen affects your eyes. Windows 10 comes with a dark mode feature that you can customize with accent colors.


We recommend enabling the dark mode in Windows 10 if you want to improve your battery life, want to reduce eyestrain, or simply like the dark aesthetics of this mode. Keep reading if you want to find out where you can enable dark mode in your Windows settings.

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Switching on the Windows 10 dark mode

In the Windows 10 October 2018 update, Microsoft expanded the dark theme to also include all parts of File Explorer. This means things will get even darker when you enable the dark mode. Here’s how you can enable it in the most recent version of Windows 10.

Step 1: Go to Windows 10 Settings. You can either type it into the Windows search bar or click the gear icon in the Start menu.

Step 2: Head to Personalization, which features an icon of a paintbrush over a computer monitor.

Step 3: When the window opens, click Colors in the left-hand sidebar.

Step 4: Scroll to the middle of the page and look for the section that says, Choose your default Windows mode. You’ll then want to click on the option that says Choose your color. You’ll want to click the box and choose the option that says Dark.

Step 5: This step is optional, but you could also pick an accent color. Scroll up to the color palette at the top of the “Colors” window. With Dark Mode activated, the accent color is even more important to help you find the boundaries of Windows and locate where everything is at a glance.

We advise you to steer away from the very dark colors, like the dark greens and grays, as they are more difficult to spot. The lighter, more noticeable colors are generally a better bet. The reds are particularly edgy, while the blues add the most visibility. That said, it’s really your decision. The changes are instant, so feel free to click around until you find a color that works.

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Bonus tip: Activate dark mode in Microsoft Office

If you do a lot of work in Office and wish it could also be darkened, we have good news: It can!

First, head to the File tab and select Options. Make sure in the sidebar that you are in the General section. Partway down in this section, you will see a heading that says, Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office.