How to Enable Windows 10 Dark Mode

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Dark mode is a popular design trend that's quickly finding its way onto all of our devices. Apple adopted the theme with macOS Mojave and Google will soon bring it to Android Q and Chrome OS. If you're a Windows 10 user, then you're in luck: Microsoft was very early to the movement and added a Dark Mode to Windows 10 several years ago.

windows 10 dark mode settings

The feature, which is baked right into Windows 10, changes the white spaces on your browser, apps and operating system UI to black. Most icons, tabs, and pages either become black or a shadowy gray, while text flips to white for high contrast. It's a nice effect, but if you prefer the white theme, check out our guide on how to enable Windows 10's new Light Mode

MORE: How to Use macOS Mojave's Dark Mode

Along with looking cool, Dark Mode is said to reduce eye strain and even improve your sleep, so it's worth giving it a try once you've updated Windows 10 to the latest version. To help you do so, we've put together a simple guide on how to enable Dark Mode on a Windows 10 laptop. 

How to Enable Dark Mode on Windows 10

1. Open settings by clicking on the start menu and selecting the gear icon.  

windows 10 settings gear icon

2. Click on the Personalization icon

windows 10 personalization settings

3. Select the Colors tab found on the left side of the page.

windows 10 settings colors


4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Dark under "Choose your default app mode."

windows 10 dark mode choose your default theme

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Phillip Tracy
Phillip Tracy,
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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