How to enable new Outlook app dark mode on Windows 11

The new Outlook app for Windows 11 includes support for dark mode, and in this guide, you will learn how to enable it.

Outlook dark mode
Outlook dark mode
  • To enable dark mode on Outlook (2023) for Windows 11, open Outlook > Settings > General > Appearance, and under the “Dark mode” section, select the “Dark” option. The “Use system settings” option changes the color scheme depending on the color of Windows 11.

UPDATE 8/8/2023: On Windows 11, the new Outlook app includes an option to switch from the light to the dark color mode, and in this guide, you will learn the steps to complete this task.

The new Outlook app is a new experience that is meant to replace the Mail and Calendar apps and the classic Office version of Outlook with a unified design based on the web experience of the service. The default configuration is set to change the color scheme depending on the color mode of Windows 11, but you can change the color mode to dark manually from the Outlook settings.

This guide will teach you the steps to change the color mode from light to dark in the new Outlook app for Windows 11.

Enable dark mode on Outlook app

To use the new Outlook app in dark mode, use these steps:

  1. Open new Outlook app on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Settings (gear button from top-right).

  3. Click on General.

  4. Click the Appearance tab.

  5. Under the “Dark mode” section, choose the Dark option.

    Outlook dark mode

  6. (Optional) Choose the “Use system settings” option if you want to switch color mode when you change the Windows 11 color mode to dark.

  7. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the Outlook app will switch to the dark color scheme, including for the Calendar and People tabs.

If you are getting started with this new version of Outlook, you can use these instructions to add multiple accounts.

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