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How to Enable Windows 10 Dark Mode

Learn how to enable the new Windows 10 Dark Mode on your PC so you can enjoy a new sleek look in Windows 10.

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How to Enable Windows 10 Dark Mode

Do you find that the default Windows 10 theme to be too dark and hard to read? While you may think there are no options available to you, Microsoft has included a new option for everyone buried in the new anniversary update – Windows 10 Dark Mode.

This new mode changes the light gray colors and whites currently seen in the menus of Windows 10 into a dark black and charcoal color with white lettering instead. The end result is a pretty sweet looking operating system that is great for anyone that has trouble reading the default setup or anyone who just wants to give their Windows 10 installation on their new laptop a sleeker look.

The only downside to this new look is that it isn’t exactly easy to find. In fact, in order to activate the theme you have to do a little registry editing. Below you will find the instructions you need to do just that. Let me caution you, however. The registry is something you don’t want to edit lightly. One accidental change could leave your system unable to boot so you must be very careful when you are making these changes.

Follow these instructions carefully when making the changes so you can activate the dark mode and gain access to this darker theme.

  1. From the desktop or home screen, press Win+R to open a dialog box and type “regedit.” Then press enter.
  2. In the regedit app, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize.
  3. If there’s not already a “Personalize” folder, create one by right-clicking Themes. Then choose New > Key.
  4. Right-click the Personalize folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new entry AppsUseLightTheme and choose 0 as its value.
  5. Now browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize. Create the folder if it’s not already there.
  6. Right-click the Personalize folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new entry AppsUseLightTheme and choose 0 as its value.
  7. Log out of your account and then log back in. When it loads you will have the Windows 10 dark them on your screen.


It is a shame that Microsoft hasn’t made this easier to do. Perhaps in a future upgrade it will just be a simple check box to enable and disable this mode. For now, this is the only option. Still, for registry edits it is pretty simple to do so almost anyone can do it.

What do you think about the new dark mode available on Windows 10? Personally I think it is about time that they gave us this new mode and I plan on using moving forward simply because I really like it. But you may think differently. Let me know what you think about this new dark mode in the comments below.

By Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing on our sister ShopNinja sites where he enjoys talking about anything and everything tech.

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