Quick Tip: How to Turn on Dark App Mode (Theme) in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft has included a new Dark App Mode that will display your first party apps and system pages in a dark theme instead of the default white color.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

August 1, 2016

2 Min Read
Quick Tip: How to Turn on Dark App Mode (Theme) in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Microsoft has included an option for having a Dark App Mode in the year old operating system.

Another term that has been used for this new personalization option is Dark Theme and when it is enabled all of your Windows 10 system related pages will be displayed with a dark interface instead of the typical bright white one.

Most of Microsoft's first party apps also support a dark theme option either through the apps own settings or based on this option being turned on in the Windows Settings app. You will also notice that many third party app developers are now offering dark themes for their apps as well.

One side benefit of a dark theme is that it actually uses less battery power than a light or white based theme does.

Here is how to turn on the Dark App Mode in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Step One: Open Windows Settings app and select Personalization

Click or tap the Personalization option in the Windows Settings app.

Step Two: Select Colors Option and Change App Mode Setting

One you are on the Personalization settings page click/tap on Colors (1) and then scroll to the bottom of that settings page to find Chose your app mode (2).

Select Dark to switch your system over to Dark App mode and the changeover happens immediately as shown in the image below.

Microsoft has added an updated feature for developers that will allow them to incorporate this setting with their apps and use either the Light or Dark mode for their apps on your system. However,  many may not be using this option yet so you should still check their app settings as I mentioned earlier and see if they are offering a dark theme option.

Be sure to check out all of our Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coverage.

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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