How to Turn off or Turn on Dark Mode in Windows 11

Want to reduce eye strain and make Windows 11 look good? Follow these simple steps to turn on dark mode in Windows 11 (turn on the dark theme).

Compared to Windows 10, Windows 11 has a lot of new things to offer. This is especially true for the overall user interface, design, and user experience. One of the best things about Windows 11 is that Microsoft is actively working to make the whole user interface consistent. For example, unlike Windows 10, almost all UI elements get rounded corners, updated checkbox design, consistent spacing, new fluent icons, etc.

In addition to the regular UI elements, Microsoft has also improved the dark theme in Windows 11. When turned on, the dark mode is much more consistent and pleasing to the eyes. Of course, as an added benefit, the Windows 11 dark theme also reduces eye strain due to reduced bright light.

(Editor’s note: Sometimes, the Dark Mode is also called a Dark Theme. So, they are used interchangeably throughout the article.)

Like in Windows 10, it is very easy to disable or enable dark theme in Windows 11. This quick and straightforward Windows 11 guide will show you how to turn on dark mode in Windows 11 and turn off dark mode in Windows 11. Follow the method depending on what you need.

Jump to:

  1. Turn on dark mode
  2. Turn off dark mode

How to turn on dark mode in Windows 11

You can turn on Windows 11 dark mode from the Themes section in the Settings app. Here is where to find and enable the dark mode.

  1. Press the “Windows key + I” shortcut to open Settings.
  2. Select “Personalization” on the sidebar.
  3. Click on the “Colors” option.
  4. Select “Dark” from the “Choose your color” dropdown menu.
  5. Close the Settings app.
  6. With that, you have enabled dark mode in Windows 11.

In Windows 11, open the Settings app. Press the “Start key + I” shortcut to do that. Once opened, go to the “Personalization > Colors” page. Here, select the “Dark” option from the “Choose your color” dropdown menu.

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As soon as you do that, Windows 11 will activate the dark mode. You will instantly see the dark theme applied system-wide, including the Start menu, taskbar, action center, File Explorer, system apps, etc.

How to turn off dark mode in Windows 11

You can turn off Windows 11 dark mode from the Settings app. You just change the Dark option to Light in the Colors section. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the Windows 11 Settings app.
  2. Click the “Personalization” option on the sidebar.
  3. Select the “Colors” option on the main panel.
  4. Select “Light” from the dropdown next to “Choose your color.”
  5. Close the Settings app.
  6. The dark mode is turned off, and the Light mode is activated.

Open the Windows 11 Settings. Go to the “Personalization > Colors” page. Select “Light” from the “Choose your color” dropdown menu.

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The instant you change the settings, Windows 11 activates the Light theme. You can see the change in all system apps, the Start menu, taskbar, action center, etc.

That is it.

It is that simple to turn on the dark mode and turn it off in Windows 11.

If you need any help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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