Enable the Dark Theme in Windows 10

Applies to Windows 10 1607 (Anniversary Update)

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update adds a slew of new features and user interface changes, among which is a new setting to choose a dark theme rather than the default light. This could be achieved pre-Anniversary only with a registry hack but is now merely a click away. Personally, I’ve always favored a darker theme, not only do I find it more aesthetically pleasing but also easier on the eyes.

How To Go Dark

Navigate to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors:


Scroll down to the group of switches and click/enable the Dark option:


While you’re there, you can also darken or add color to Title Bars, the Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Center. Welcome to the dark side! 🙂

1 thought on “Enable the Dark Theme in Windows 10”

  1. The world is dark enough Jim. I need something to cheer me up, so I use bright colours in my Windows setup.

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