How to Turn on Windows 11 Dark Mode . Windows 11 gives you a choice of two styles of interface when you first install it. Light Mode features dark text against light colours in Windows’ apps and settings menus, while Dark Mode gives you light text against dark colours. However, the differences also extend to desktop backgrounds and even Windows sound schemes, giving you brighter, more attention grabbing sounds in Light Mode and warmer, more subdued sounds in Dark Mode.
If you find light text on a dark background easier to read, or find the colours and sounds in Light Mode overwhelming, then switching to Dark Mode can help.
What to Know
- Open Settings > Personalization > Colors, and select Dark from the drop-down menu.
- Dark mode will reduce contrast from the screen and your room, but you can customize it if it doesn’t work for you.
- Customize dark themes: Settings > Personalization > Themes and selecting Custom, or switch back to light theme by selecting Light.
- Press the Windows key + I. Click Personalisation on the left, then choose a dark theme from the selection at the top of the window.
- To switch to Dark Mode from within any theme, click Start > Settings > Personalisation > Colours.
- Click the drop-down menu next to Choose your mode. Select Dark.
This article explains how to turn on Windows 11 Dark Mode, which is a special mode designed to be used in darker environments (or just if you like it).
Before and after
Is There a Dark Mode for Windows 11?
Windows 11 includes a built-in dark mode which will automatically switch Windows to a dark theme. This feature works very similar to the Windows 10 dark theme feature introduced to Window 10 by an update patch, but it’s available in Windows 11 by default, without anything extra to download or install.
Here’s how to enable dark mode in Windows 11:
Right-click the Windows icon on the taskbar.
- Click Personalization.
- Click the drop-down menu in the choose your mode section.
- Click Dark.
- Windows 11 will automatically switch to dark mode.
Can You Make Windows Dark Mode?
Windows dark mode is a feature built into Windows 11, so you don’t have to make it, you just have to turn it on. However, Windows 11 does allow for a little bit of customization. If you choose custom instead of light or dark, you can set light and dark mode independently for the Windows interface and apps, in case you prefer dark mode for Windows itself and light mode for apps, or the other way around. You can also set a custom highlight color and have it appear in windows and the taskbar.
Here’s how to use the Windows 11 dark mode customization options:
- Open Settings, and click Personalization.
- Click Colors.
- Click the drop-down menu in the choose your mode section, and select Custom.
- Click the Choose your default Windows mode drop-down, and select light or dark.
- Click the Choose your default app mode drop-down, and choose light or dark.
- Scroll down, and select a custom accent color.
Scroll down, and click the toggles for Show accent color on Start and taskbar and Show accent color on title bars and windows borders if you want your accent color to appear in those locations.
If you want to try a high contrast theme for light sensitivity, click Contrast themes.
- Click the Contrast themes drop-down, and select one of the themes.
- Click Apply to set the high contrast theme.
Turn on the Windows 10 dark theme. Open the Windows Start menu and select Settings > Personalization > Colors. From Choose your default Windows mode and/or or Choose your default app mode, click Dark.
One method is to disable dark mode for apps from Settings > Personalization > Colors > Custom > Choose your default app mode > Light. To turn off dark mode in Chrome only, change your Google Chrome theme. Launch a new tab and select Customize Chrome in the lower-right corner > Color and theme and select a lighter color profile.
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