How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11

If you find light text on a dark background easier on your eyes — like many of us do — you’ll want to use your operating system’s dark mode. Fortunately, it’s really easy to enable dark mode in Windows 11, which will influence the look and feel of both your apps and the system taskbar.

Some upcoming prebuilt PCs may even come with this color scheme mode enabled by default. But you can’t count on that, so follow the directions below to turn on Windows 11’s dark mode. 

How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11

1. Right click on the desktop and select Personalize.

Select Personalize

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2. Select Colors. A submenu appears.

Click Colors

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3. Select Dark from the Choose your mode menu.

Select Dark

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You could choose Custom mode, which allows you to toggle the Windows mode (taskbar) and default app mode (apps) to Dark or Light separately. However, if you really like dark mode, there’s no reason to do that.

Custom Mode

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Now your apps and taskbar will all have light text on a dark background. But content that’s supposed to have dark text on a light background such as web pages, emails or Word documents will still look that way. What if you want everything in dark mode?

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