How to Enable Light Mode in Windows 10

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Microsoft has a new light mode for those who aren't ready to join the dark side. Dark mode has been all the rage of late, but not everyone is a fan of the inky interface. For those folks, the May 2019 update introduces a new light theme to Windows 10 that brightens up the operating system.

light theme

The new light mode will be the default look for Windows 10, replacing a UI that featured several dark elements, including the taskbar. Now Windows 10 will have a consistent transparent white appearance across all menus and apps.

MORE: How to Give Windows 10 a Dark Theme

Of course, if you prefer darker tones you can still follow this guide to enable Dark Mode. And you can also enable Dark Mode in Chrome if you use Google's browser. If you'd prefer to create your own theme, be sure to check out this breakdown of how to do so. You can also install third-party themes from the Windows Store or make less dramatic changes to the Windows 10 UI by customizing your desktop background.

With that said, here are a few simple steps on how to enable light mode in Windows 10.

How to enable light theme in Windows 10

1. Press the start menu in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

windows 10 start menu

2. Select the settings gear icon.

windows 10 settings gear icon

3. Select Personalization from the Windows settings screen.

windows 10 settings menu personalization

4. Press on Colors from the left-hand sidebar.

windows 10 colors settings menu

5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose "Light" from the drop-down menu.

windows 10 light mode


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Phillip Tracy
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Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer.
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