How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11/10

If you are a person who stares at your computer screen all day, then it is strongly recommended that you find a way and enable Dark Mode on your computer or smartphone to save your eyes. This post will guide you on how to enable dark mode in Windows 11/10 in the following format:

  • Windows 11
    • Select a Color Theme (Enable Dark Mode)
    • Pick Accent Colors
    • Contrast Themes (Accessibility)
    • Dark Mode for Apps
  • Windows 10
    • Enable Dark Mode
    • Dark Mode for Apps
    • Accent Colors

Your computer’s screen will become a little darker when you enable Dark Mode. Thus, the majority of applications and features in Windows will have white text with a black or grey background. As a result, it is much easier to read and said to improve concentration.

How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11/10

How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11

You can turn on and use the Dark Mode in a bunch of ways on your laptop or desktop. There are options to turn on the dark mode across Settings, on all apps, and even on specific apps only.

Select a Colour Theme

Windows 11 offers a polished interface and new visual enhancements such as the centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners on windows, and themes to choose from. Here’s how you can turn on dark mode using a color theme in Windows 11.

Enable Dark Mode Windows Colors

  1. Open Windows Settings using Win + I keys or by clicking on the Windows icon present in the Taskbar and selecting Settings.
  2. In the Settings window, select Personalization from the menu bar on the left.
  3. Next, on the right, choose the Colors tab.
  4. Under Personalization > Colors, click on the drop-down present right next to the Choose your Color text and choose Dark.

Enable Dark Mode Themes Windows

Alternatively, you could also turn on Dark Mode by heading over to the Personalization section -> Select a Theme to Apply and choosing the Dark Theme (the one with a dark wallpaper icon).

Pick Accent Colors

In Windows 11, you can easily customize the accent colors of your taskbar, Start menu, settings menu, and some window title bars. However, by default, the operating system sets the accent color to be chosen automatically. Here’s how you can manually pick an accent color for Windows 11.

Select Accent Color Windows

  1. This option is available in the same menu as the option to turn on Dark Mode. Open Settings and navigate to Personalization > Colors.
  2. Here, scroll down, find and click on the arrow icon present next to the Accent Color. Also, change the option to Manual from Automatic using the dropdown.
  3. You’ll now be presented with a set of default colors that Windows recommends. Click on any of the colors to apply and see it in action.
  4. For advanced users, you can also set apply a custom color as the accent. You’ll find the option for it under Accent Colors > Custom Colors.

Contrast Themes (Accessibility)

Windows 11 also offers its customers an option for Contrast Themes. If you’re wondering what a high contrast theme is: A high contrast theme or high contrast mode combines a limited color palette with contrasting colors to render the interface easier to use. Here’s where you can find the setting to high contrast theme in Windows 11.

Contrast Theme Windows

  • Open Settings (Win + I) and navigate to the following location: Accessibility > Contrast Themes.
  • You can now have a look at the Theme previews here; that is how they would look once in effect.
  • To apply a theme, make a single click and wait for a couple of seconds for Windows to take it into action.

You can revert back by selecting None from the dropdown, which is present right below the previews.

Turn on Dark Mode for Applications (Only)

Dark Mode Apps Windows

Carrying forward the legacy, Windows 11 also offers the ability to set custom colors for Windows and applications. Here’s where to find the option for the same.

  1. On a PC running Windows 11, navigate to Settings > Personalization > Colors.
  2. Now, set the option for Choose your Color to Custom using the dropdown.
  3. With this, two new options will now come up. Click on the drop-down present next to Choose your default app mode and choose Dark or Light based on your preference.

How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 10

Dark mode in Windows 10 is fairly easy to switch to. Here’s how you can enable or disable dark mode on a computer running Windows 10.

Enable Dark Mode Windows 10

  1. Press the Win + I keys on your keyboard to open the Settings panel.
  2. Now, navigate to the Personalization section and choose the Colors menu from the left navigation pane.
  3. You can also alternatively reach this menu by searching for Dark Mode in the Start Search Box and choosing Color Settings from the list of results.
  4. Here, click on the drop-down under Choose your color. You’ll be prompted with three different options: Light, Dark, and Custom. Choose Dark to turn on Dark Mode.

If you ever want to switch back, navigate to the same location and choose Light from the drop-down.

How to Enable Dark Mode Only for Apps in Windows 10

If you prefer having a different color theme for your apps and Windows, Microsoft has got you covered. Here’s how you can set Dark Mode to only apply to applications in Windows 10.

Dark Mode Apps Win 10

  1. Start by navigating to the following path under Settings: Settings > Personalization > Colors.
  2. Here, click on the dropdown under Choose your Color and select Custom.
  3. You will now be presented with two new options, Choose your default Windows Mode and Choose your default app mode. Click on the Dark toggle under the later option to turn on Dark Mode only for applications.

You can also play around with the options to find out what suits you the best. After all, it’s a theme and should look like how one prefers it.

Select Accent Colors in Windows 10

In addition to choosing a color theme for your screen, you can choose an accent color for icons, tiles, and other screen elements.

Accent Color Windows 10

  1. In the Start Search Box, search for Choose your Accent Color and select the main listed result.
  2. This will take you to the Colors section under Settings. Here you’ll be shown a list of colors to choose from, or you can use a Custom color.
  3. There’s an option to automatically pick an accent color from the background as well.
  4. Finally, you’ll find a couple of checkboxes as to where to apply the Accent colors. The options include Start, Taskbar, and Action Center along with Title Bars and Windows Borders.

This concludes our discussion. Your entire Windows PC is now darkened with the help of this guide. That said, does the Dark Mode make any difference to you? Do let us know your thoughts by dropping a comment down below.

Yash Jain
A long-standing Windows fan, Photographer, and Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Smartphones and Technology.


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