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! ūüôā

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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