How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11

Most devices now allow you to choose a default display mode: either light mode or dark mode. The default light mode uses dark text on a light (usually white) background. Come to the dark side and you will see white text on a black background. Windows users have the option to change the mode in the settings.

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Dark mode has grown in popularity over the years, with some purported benefits for eye health, such as reduced eye strain and making it easier to fall asleep at night. Our sister site Healthline found these claims inconclusive, but you can always use dark mode if you like the look.

Personally, I prefer dark mode because light mode tends to be too bright for my eyes, and dark mode ultimately feels more comfortable to watch. Whatever your reason, if you want to make the change in Windows 11, you’re just a few steps away.

How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11

1. Click it Begin tile and go to Settings > Personalization (or just right click on your desktop background and choose Personalize).

Desktop options menu

Save yourself a step by right-clicking on your desktop.

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2. In the Personalization menus, choose Colors.

Color customization menu in Windows

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3. Move towards Choose your mode and select Dark from the drop-down menu.

You can also choose Custom from the drop-down list if you want different settings for applications compared to Windows (for example, the taskbar at the bottom of your desktop).

If you want even more customization, you can use this Colors menu to change the colors of your application windows. Use this option to match your desktop background or just set your windows to your favorite color.

For more Windows tips, see how to manage automatic updates in windows 11, how to make windows 11 look more like 10 and all the keyboard shortcuts you need to know (and even some).

Margie D. Carlisle