How to use dark and light theme on Windows 10?

Are you looking for the right kind of guide to choosing between the light and dark themes on your Windows 10 device? Of course, you have the light theme by default. But, you may be one of those who love the dark theme for a few obvious reasons.

Microsoft Windows 10 comes with a light theme by default. However, not everyone wants that much brightness to hit their eyes from their computer screen. Software developers or people you sit long times in front of their computers always prefer less brightness. Now on Windows 10, you can select your default theme to be a dark theme. Below we will show you how you can switch between the light and dark theme on Windows 10.

How to use the Light Theme on Windows 10?

While Windows 10 comes with the light theme as default, some of the objects in the theme are actually not light. A few elements like Start menu, Action Center, taskbar, and other modern elements use a darker theme. While it is good to get a dark theme for the good of your eyes, the dark theme also helps you in creating a better consistent visual experience on your computer screen.

Who better than Microsoft to understand this issue which houses thousands of developers who spend a quarter or more of their day in front of PCs. With this and the need of their large user base in mind, Microsoft has introduced a new full dark theme. The new theme is introduced with the Windows 10 version 1903. Please note that the update will be available starting from April 2019. This has brought the light theme onto all the visual elements on Windows 10.

Here is how you can switch to this new light theme.
  • Launch Settings and choose the Personalisation group.
  • On the left hand side bar, choose Colors
  • choose colors
  • Choose the option Choose your color and choose Light from the availble options.
That does it. The setting will now change the theme and color options for Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center.
light theme for elements
Another option is to go to Settings > Personalization > Themes and opt for Windows Light.
If you want the traditional color profile with the Light theme, here are the steps involved.
  • Launch Settings.
  • Choose Personalisation.
  • Now click on Colors option on the side bar.
  • Choose Custom under Choose your color, Dark under Choose your default Windows mode and Light under Choose your default app mode.
  • traditional colors
This will take you bck to the traditional settings for the light theme that we have been using as of now.

If you are interested in trying out the features, you may give a thought to the Insider Builds and opt for one. In any case, the update is coming in just a couple of months and it may be a good idea to wait till then if you are not a Pro in computers.

How to use the Dark Mode on Windows 10?

The dark theme available on Windows 10 provides the dark background to the apps you install from the Windows store. It may not work with most of your desktop apps. However, let us check how it works and how you can use the theme for most of your desktop apps.
Here is how you can do it -
  • Launch Settings and choose the Personalisation group.
  • On the left hand side bar, choose Colors
  • Choose the option Choose your default app mode and choose Dark.
  • dark theme
That does it. You will immediately notice the interface on the Settings app turns dark. This will also change the configuration of all the apps that belong to Universal Windows Platform. In essence, it may be dependent upon each of the app developer whether they provide the Dark Theme option or not.

How to use the Dark Theme for Windows Desktop Applications?

The major issue with opting for a light or dark theme on your Windows 10 is the lack of universal approach. While the light mode is receiving compatibility where the core elements of Windows offering the light theme with the version 1903 update. However, with respect to the dark mode, it may not be possible as yet.
However, you can go for one of the unique options to enable the dark mode on the desktop applications though it is not specifically designed for the purpose. Here are the steps involved -
  • Go to Settings and then Ease of Access group.
  • Click on High Contrast option on the left side bar.
  • high contrast
  • Now on the right pane, toggle Turn on High Contrast.

  • turn on high contrast
That will make all your applications appear with a dark background. However, you may not like the appearance as it does not look that great. In fact, it is an accessibility feature and does not exactly produce the exact efficiency of a dark theme.
You can opt for a few third-party applications that help you achieve the perfect dark theme for all the core Windows elements and desktop applications. Look for the apps from the Windows Store.

The Concluding Thoughts

That was all we have for now with respect to using light and dark themes on your Windows 10. While it is not perfect in a clear sense of the word, the ability to switch between a light and dark theme should help you get a near optimum experience. The light theme has indeed a lucky one having received an update in the Insider Build and waiting for an update for the stable version in just a couple of months, we hope something coming up for the dark theme as well in future.
If you are on the insider build or have used the new light theme on your Windows 10, do share your thoughts about it with us through the comments here below.

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