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How to enable File Explorer dark theme on Windows 10

File Explorer is getting a dark theme experience, and you can enable the preview if you're running the latest preview of Windows 10 version 1809 using these steps.

File Explorer dark theme enabled

The ability to switch to a dark theme has been part of Windows 10 for a long time, but it’s been always an inconsistent implementation. In part, because it has only worked for the modern elements of Windows 10 and Microsoft Store apps, excluding classic desktop applications, such as File Explorer.

However, starting with the October 2018 Update, Windows 10 introduces a new dark theme for the classic version of File Explorer, which anyone can enable using the “Colors” page from the “Personalization” settings page. The new dark theme coats with different shade of black the background, pane, ribbon and file menus, context menus, and popup dialogs.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable the hidden dark theme for File Explorer on Windows 10.

How to enable dark theme for File Explorer

To enable the File Explorer dark theme on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click on Colors.

  4. Under “More options,” select the Dark option.

    Windows 10 Colors settings dark theme option
    Windows 10 Colors settings dark theme option

Once you’ve completed the steps, open File Explorer, and you should now see the dark theme. 

Just keep in mind that this isn’t a new version of File Explorer, as we’re expecting that Microsoft will eventually replace the experience with a modern version that aligns with the design language of Windows 10.

If you don’t see this option in the Settings app, it’s because you’re not running the supported version of Windows 10. The ability to rename folders is available starting Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) and later.

What do you think about File Explorer getting a dark theme? Tell us in the comments.

Update August 13, 2018: This guide was originally published in April 2018, and it’s been updated to reflect the new changes.