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How to Enable the New Light Theme on Windows 10

Windows 10’s May 2019 update (v1903) brings a lot of new features. Some of those features include but not limited to like Windows Sandbox, easy way to pause Windows updates, and a new Light theme to compliment the already available dark theme. In this post let me show how you can enable Windows 10’s new Light theme.

Enable Windows 10’s Light Theme

Just like with the dark theme, enabling the light theme is pretty easy and straightforward. In fact, Microsoft even made it easy to set custom color modes for both Windows and Apps.

1. Open the PC Settings app and go to Personalization page. Here, go to the Colors page appearing on the left panel.

2. On the right panel, select Light from the drop-down menu under “Choose your color” section.

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3. As soon as you select the light theme, you should see Windows switching to the light theme system wide. The Windows 10 light theme is also applied to the Start Menu and Taskbar.

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Of course, Microsoft has updated most if not all the icons to match and appear properly on the light color mode.

Use Dark and Light Themes at the Same Time

Microsoft also made it possible to use the custom theme where you can set separate themes for Windows and Apps. For instance, you can set the light theme for Windows and dark theme for apps.

To set a custom theme, simply select Custom from the drop-down menu. Next, select the theme of your choice for Windows mode and App mode. As an example, I’m selecting Light for Windows mode and Dark for App mode.

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In case you are wondering, Windows Mode is nothing but the Start Menu, Taskbar, Action Center, and other Windows components. App mode is nothing but regular apps like the PC Settings app, File Explorer, etc.

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Grab the New Windows 10 Light Theme Wallpaper

To celebrate the new light theme in Windows 10, Microsoft also added new wallpaper. You can set that wallpaper by going to Personalization -> Background and then select the Windows 10 Light theme wallpaper. That is it.

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In general, Windows chooses the appropriate size of the wallpaper for your computer. However, you might sometimes need high-resolution wallpaper, like 4K. Thankfully, Windows has different resolution wallpapers stored in the C drive.

To access the 4K Windows Light theme wallpaper, open the File Explorer, enter the “C:\Windows\Web\4K\Wallpaper\Windows” path in the address bar and press Enter. You will be taken to the folder where Windows stores all the different size wallpapers. Find the img0_3840x2160.jpg file and that is your 4K wallpaper.

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If you are like me who gets bored looking at the same wallpaper each and every day, you can set a new wallpaper every day with just a few clicks. I’ve already written a post on how to change wallpaper automatically every day. Do check it out.

That is it. If you like this article, do comment below and share your thoughts about the new Windows 10 light theme. Is it good? Does it need improvement? Which theme are you using, light theme or dark theme?

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