How to Enable Dark Mode on Windows 11

How to Enable Dark Mode on Windows 11

Is your Windows 11 too bright even when the brightness is low? Why not try dark mode? Windows 11 has two color options for its menus and other interface elements: light or dark. Light mode is the standard, but you can enable dark mode and customize it to your liking by following the guide below.

Windows 11 Dark Mode

What are the Benefits of Dark Mode?

In the past few years, more and more tools and programs have offered dark as an alternative to the standard white and gray shades used in software most often. Microsoft Windows is no exception. Light mode is the standard setting on Windows 11, and it works well. However, there are some benefits to enabling dark mode.

  • It’s easier on the eyes. Dark mode can help reduce eyestrain, which can occur if you look at a bright screen for too long.
  • It’s better in a darker environment. Light mode in a dimly lit environment can cause eyestrain. Also, a brighter screen may bother others. Dark mode will help reduce the brightness of your screen.
  • It saves battery life. The contrast of colors and the brightness of your screen impacts your laptop’s battery life. Switching from lightly-colored interface elements to darker-colored elements will improve your laptop’s battery life.

Video Tutorial on How to Enable Dark Mode on Windows 11

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How to Enable Dark Mode

Enabling and disabling dark mode in Windows 11 is quick and easy. Follow the instructions below on how to enable it.

Right-click the Start menu and select Settings

1. Right-click the Start menu button and select Settings.

Select the Personalization panel and click Colors

2. Select the Personalization panel.

3. In the Personalization menu, scroll down and click Colors.

Open the Choose your mode menu

4. Open the Choose your mode menu. You will be presented with 3 options:

  • Light
  • Dark
  • Custom

Select Dark

5. Select Dark. Most of your background and visual elements will become dark.

Choose your default Windows mode and Choose default app mode

6. If you select Custom, you will be able to choose one default Windows mode and a different default app mode. Custom mode also lets you change accent colors.

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How to Set Up a Contrast Theme

If you want light text on a dark background, even for documents, you can enable that using the Contrast Themes feature. The instructions below will show you how to do it.

Right-click the Start menu and select Settings

1. Right-click the Start menu button and select Settings.

Select the Accessibility panel and select Contrast themes

2. Select the Accessibility panel.

3. In the Accecibility panel, scroll down and select Contrast themes.

Open the Contrast themes menu

4. Open the Contrast themes menu.

Select Aquatic, Dusk, or Night Sky

5. Select Aquatic, Dusk, or Night Sky. All three are dark-colored.

Click Apply

5. Click Apply. Windows will quickly refresh, and all your interface elements will be dark.

Click Edit

6. You can click Edit.

customize the contrast theme

7. Modify the colors of specific interface elements.

Select a custom color and click Done

8. Select a custom color and click Done.

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