Windows 10 Dark Mode – How and Why You Should Use It

Cristian MiculiHow To, Technology

Why Use Dark Mode in Windows 10

If you’re reading this post, you may be one of many people who spend at least their working day looking into a monitor. Eye strain is one of the effects you may start to feel on the long run as part of the computer vision syndrome.

Among the things you can do to prevent and relief those issues is using a dark theme – basically bright text on dark background. While there are some exceptions for that, dark mode definitely has at least two benefits for you:

  1. Better for your eyes on prolonged exposures to digital screens, if you’re an eye-healthy person.
  2. You get longer battery life for your laptop – see here a video from Google on that.

Already using dark themes on your smartphone? Keep reading to find out how to enable that in Windows 10 as well.

How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 10

It’s simple:

  1. Press the Win key
  2. Type in „dark mode”. You’ll see suggestions on the left of the open panel. Click on „Turn on dark mode for apps” or „Turn on dark mode systemwide”.
  1. In the window that opens, choose „Dark” on that drop-down menu under „Choose your color”.

And that’s it!

How to Set Your Apps to Dark Mode

Setting the Dark Mode in Windows 10 will impact all your Windows apps. But what about the other ones? You surely have tools like browsers (Chrome), communication software (Skype, Slack), etc.

There are two situations you can find yourself into:

  • some apps automatically reflect the Windows color mode. So, when you enable Dark Mode, they will also show a dark mode / theme.
  • other apps have their own setting regarding dark mode. To enable that, search for something related to „theme” or „mode” under the Settings menu of the app.

For example, Connectify Hotspot, the most popular Wi-Fi hotspot app for Windows, has both options available. It’s built to automatically support Dark Mode in Windows. But you can also change the theme from the Settings > Display > Theme menu. See more details here.

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