How to enable dark mode on Windows 11

Windows 11 includes a dark mode to personalize the desktop experience, and here's how to enable it.

Windows 11 dark theme enabled

On Windows 11, Microsoft is making the dark color mode the default experience for commercial customers to help reduce eye strains since they usually spend many hours in front of a computer. However, anyone can switch the light or custom color mode to the dark mode and vise versa using the Personalization settings.

When enabling the dark mode, the elements on the desktop like the taskbar, Start menu and other menus, File Explorer, and other supported apps (for example, Microsoft Edge) will shift to a dark color scheme with white fonts. If you choose the default dark theme, it will also include a dark version of the default wallpaper.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to quickly change the color mode of the Windows 11 desktop to dark.

Enable dark mode on Windows 11

To change the color mode to dark on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Colors page on the right side.

  4. Use the “Choose your mode” setting and select the Dark option to enable the Windows 11 dark mode.

    Enable Windows 11 dark mode
    Enable Windows 11 dark mode
  5. (Optional) Under the “Select a theme to apply” section, choose the Windows (dark) theme.

    Windows 11 default dark mode
    Windows 11 default dark mode
  6. (Optional) Click the “Themes” page on the right side.

  7. Under the “Current theme” section, choose the Windows (dark) or any of the other themes with a dark color scheme like Glow and Captured motion.

    Windows 11 default themes
    Windows 11 default themes

Once you complete the steps, the experience color scheme of Windows 11 will switch to the dark mode, tinting the desktop elements with a dark color scheme.