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Like almost every other major operating system currently available, Windows 11 gives users options for the user interface in light and dark mode. Dark modes are easy on the eyes, especially in dimly lit rooms or at night. In some cases, they even reduce the power consumption of your device’s display.

Enabling Windows 11’s dark mode is easy:

  1. Go to Settings> System> Personalization> Colors.
  2. Choose “Dark” of the “Choose your mode” Drop down box.

That’s it. As I said, pretty easy. However, this only applies to the standard dark mode colors of your current design. If you want, you can further deepen Windows 11 settings and customize the look of your PC’s user interface even further.

Use a pre-made Windows 11 theme

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 lets you apply unique themes that change everything about the user interface in one fell swoop – background, menu and folder colors, accent colors, icons, and more.

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  1. Go to Settings> System> Personalization> Themes.
  2. Select the topic you want from the “Current Topic” Drop down menu. The Windows (Dark) theme is probably the safest choice, but there are several others that offer dark color schemes.
  3. If you don’t like any of the predefined options, click “Browse Topics” to view and download additional designs available from the Microsoft Store.
  4. Once you’ve chosen your new topic, click on “Use” to activate it.

Use custom theme colors

If you don’t like the default colors of a theme, you can change them in the personalization settings. There are several settings available that you can use to create the colors of your own dark (or light) design.

  1. Go to Settings> System> Personalization> Colors
  2. Choose “Custom” from the “Choose your mode” drop-down box.
  3. Choose whether you want the windows and menus to use the default Dark or Light themes.
  4. Scroll down and put on accent color “Manual.”
  5. Select one of the colors in the menu or click on “Show colors” Use the color picker to find one that you like the most.
  6. You can also use the toggles to apply the accent color to the taskbar or folder / app window borders.

Use a contrast theme

Windows 11’s personalization settings also include “contrast themes” that are designed for users with specific visual accessibility needs. As the name suggests, contrast themes use contrasting color combinations that make text easier to read against the background (either light text and dark background for menus, or dark text and light background) and many of them work as dark themes.

You can turn contrast themes on or off at any time by pressing the left button Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen Buttons, but you’ll likely want to edit the contrast theme in Windows 11 settings too.

There are two ways to find the Contrast Themes menu:

  • Settings> System> Personalization> Themes> Contrast Themes
  • Settings> Accessibility> Contrast Themes

Once in the Contrast Themes menu, choose the color scheme you like best from the drop-down menu. You can also click “To edit” to customize your contrast theme.

[PCMag]