How to turn on Dark Mode on your Windows 10 computer to reduce eye strain and give everything a sleek look

It's easy to turn on dark mode on Windows through your computer's settings.Hollis Johnson
  • To turn on dark mode in Windows 10, head to your computer's "Personalization" menu.
  • Turning on dark mode in Windows 10 will change the appearance of many programs, and can help reduce eye strain.
  • Although Windows 10 has its own dark mode settings, some programs like Microsoft Word have their own dark mode switch.

Android and iOS devices offer a dark mode that dims the on-screen color palette. It's commonly thought to look much more aesthetically pleasing, reduce eye strain, and even extend battery life.

If you like using dark mode on your mobile device, you might be surprised to learn that Windows 10 has had its own dark mode for several years. Here's how to turn it on.

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How to turn on dark mode on Windows

1. Click the Start button and then click the Settings icon, which is shaped like a gear. Advertisement

Open the Settings in Windows 10 to turn on dark mode.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

2. Click "Personalization."

3. In the pane on the left, click "Colors." There are two dark mode settings you can enable. You can choose either of both of them:
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  • Under "Choose your default Windows mode," click "Dark." This will turn on dark mode for many basic parts of Windows — in particular, the task bar at the bottom of the desktop and the Start menu.
  • Under "Choose your default app mode," click "Dark." This has a much more widespread effect, and will automatically activate dark mode in many apps that have it.

Choose either or both of these dark modes, depending upon your personal preferences.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

How to turn on dark mode in specific Windows apps

If you turn on both dark modes and find that some specific apps still don't turn dark, those apps might have their own independent dark mode settings. To find out, open the settings for the app in question and see if there's a settings menu you can enable dark mode in.Advertisement

For example, here is how to turn on dark mode in Microsoft Office:

1. In any Microsoft Office app (such as Word, Excel, or Outlook), click "File" and then click "Options."

2. In the General tab, go to the section called "Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office."Advertisement

3. Click the drop-down menu for "Office Theme" and choose either "Dark Gray" or "Black." Click "OK" and the dark mode will take effect.

Some apps like Microsoft Office have their own dark mode settings.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

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