Why Is Microsoft Word Background Black With White Text

The Microsoft Word document has a black background with white text on some systems. Here is how to fix it and restore the original colors.

If you have been using Word for long enough, you might have gotten used to the regular black text on white background look. That has been the default theme for years and years.

You might have seen Microsoft Word with a black background and white text in recent versions. Typically, all the navigation elements, menus, and settings will appear similarly.

Now, some users are thinking that this is some kind of bug and raising requests in Microsoft forums to fix the problem as soon as possible. But the thing is, it is not a bug. It is a feature.

If you don’t know, in the recent versions, Microsoft added a new feature to Word called Dark Mode. That is the reason why you are seeing black background with white text. If you don’t like it, you can disable the dark mode in Word to restore the good old white background with white text. Let me show you how.

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Why am I seeing black background in Word?

Dark Mode is why you see the black background with white text in Word. Microsoft added the Dark Mode in recent versions of Word. Depending on your system and its configuration, the Word Dark Mode has activated automatically.

For example, if Dark Mode is active in Windows 10 or 11, Word will automatically use Dark Mode. To put it simply, Word will check whether your system is using Light or Dark mode and adjusts accordingly.

That being said, you can forcefully enable a theme of your choice from Word settings. For instance, you can disable the dark mode if you don’t like Word with a black background and white text. i.e., enable light mode in Word. That way, you can restore the original theme in Word.

To do that, follow the below steps. It will show you how to turn off or disable dark mode in Word and fix the issue.

Fix black background white text in Word

To fix Microsoft Word black background with white text issue, you must disable dark mode and enable light mode. You can do that directly from Word settings. It is pretty easy to do. Let me show you how to do it in simple steps.

  1. Open Word if it is not already opened.
  2. Click on the “File” option.
  3. Choose “Options.”
  4. Select “General” on the sidebar.
  5. Choose “White” from the “Office Theme” dropdown menu.
  6. Click the “Ok” button.
  7. With that, the black background and white text in Word are solved.

Same steps with screenshots and rich detail:

As the first thing, open the Word application. After opening it, click on the “File” option and choose “Options” on the sidebar. Sometimes, you might have to choose “More > Options.”

The above action will open Word settings. In this window, choose “General” from the sidebar. Next, select “White” from the “Office Theme” dropdown menu. Click the “Save” button.

The Word theme is changed to light mode as soon as you do that. From now on, you should see a white background with black text.

As an alternative, you can also choose “Colorful” from the “Office Theme” dropdown menu. This theme is similar to White but with an off-white overall background and a few other accent colors like Blue.

That is all. It is simple to fix black background with white text in Microsoft Word.

I hope this simple and easy Microsoft Word how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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