Dark mode Windows 10

How to switch to ‘Dark’ mode color theme on Windows 10

Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes a number of new changes and features, including a new "Dark" mode inspired by similar feature found on the mobile version of the operating system.

You can now switch between a dark and light mode color theme on Windows 10. Starting with the Anniversary Update, Microsoft is introducing two different color modes users can use to personalize their experience.

Technically, the feature isn’t new, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone 8.1 included the ability to switch between color modes for a long time. Windows 10 for PC also include the feature, but it was only available when modifying a specific key in the registry.

Beginning with Windows 10 build 14316 and later versions, Microsoft is making super easy to use the dark theme by adding a new option in the Settings app.

In this guide, I’ll show you the steps to switch from the light to the dark mode on Windows 10 — just remember that at the time of the writing, the feature is only available on the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14316 and later.

How to switch to the darker color mode on Windows 10

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.

  2. Click Personalization.

  3. Click Colors.

  4. Scroll and under Choose your mode, check the Dark option.

    Dark mode settings on Windows 10

When you enable the dark mode, you will notice that apps, including Settings, Store, Calculator, Alarms & Clock, and other Universal Windows apps will also change to the darker color scheme. However, some applications have their own control, such as Microsoft Edge and Groove Music, these and other apps won’t change colors when turn on the dark mode.

If you want certain apps to use the dark color theme, you need to go to the settings page for that particular apps and switch the mode manually.

In addition, Microsoft is also adding a new “Show color on title bar” option in the Colors page to only show colors on the app title bars.

Which mode do you like better the Dark or Light mode? Let us know in the comments below.