- To enable the Dark mode on Windows 10, open Settings> Personalization> Colors, and choose the “Dark” option.
- You can also set the “AppsUseLightTheme” and “SystemUsesLightTheme” DWORD values to “0” in the Registry to turn on the Dark mode, even on Windows 10, without activation.
UPDATED 10/26/2023: On Windows 10, you can enable the Dark color system mode in two ways using the Settings app and Registry, and in this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to apply this configuration on your device to personalize your desktop experience.
When turning on the dark mode, the elements on the desktop, such as the Start menu, Taskbar, File Explorer, and most apps, will change to the dark color scheme with white fonts while still retaining the color accent.
If you want to switch from light to dark mode, Windows 10 makes it easier to change the settings from the Settings app. Also, if you want to create a script to change this setting or enable dark mode on an installation without activation, you will have to use the Registry to enable the color mode.
In this guide, I’ll show you the steps to switch from the light to the dark mode on Windows 10.
- Enable Dark mode on Windows 10 from Settings
- Enable Dark mode on Windows 10 from Registry
Warning: Modifying the Registry can cause severe problems if improperly used. It is assumed you know what you are doing and have created a system backup before proceeding.
Enable Dark mode on Windows 10 from Settings
To enable Dark mode on Windows 10, use these steps:
Open Settings on Windows 10.
Click on Personalization.
Click on Colors.
Choose the Dark option in the “Choose your color” setting.
(Optional) Choose a darker color accent in the “Choose your accent color” setting.
Quick tip: When selecting a color, consider that the color you choose can affect the visibility of some elements, so pick the color carefully.
(Optional) Clear the “Title bars and window borders” setting under the “Show accent color on the following surfaces” section to use the dark color for these elements.
Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 elements will switch to the dark color scheme, and apps configured to follow the system color will also switch to the current mode, including File Explorer, the Settings app, Microsoft Edge, and even Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Some applications may not follow the color system mode. If this is the case, you will have to change the color settings from the application. For example, on apps from the Microsoft Store, the option should be available on the Settings> App theme.
Enable Dark mode on Windows 10 from Registry
To switch to the dark mode from the Registry, use these steps:
Search for the regedit and click the top result to open the Registry Editor.
Browse the following path:
Double-click to open the “AppsUseLightTheme” DWORD and set its value from 1 to 0.
Click the OK button.
Double-click to open the “SystemUsesLightTheme” DWORD and set its value from 1 to 0.
Click the OK button.
After you complete the steps, the app and system mode should switch to the dark color on Windows 10.
If you change your mind, you can always revert the changes using the same instructions, but on steps 4 and 6, set the value of the DWORD to “1.”
Update October 26, 2023: This guide has been updated to ensure it’s still accurate and reflects the new changes.