[Tip] Enable Dark or Light Theme Modes in Windows 10

Do you remember the Registry tweak to enable hidden secret dark theme mode in Windows 10 Insider Preview builds? Long time back we shared the Registry tweak to apply the secret dark theme mode in almost all modern (metro) apps in Windows 10 builds which can be found in following tutorial:

Collection of Windows 10 Hidden Secret Registry Tweaks

The registry trick required creating a new DWORD "AppsUseLightTheme" (in final RTM build) or "SystemUsesLightTheme" (in older testing builds) in Registry Editor to apply the hidden secret dark theme across all apps.

In initial Windows 10 testing builds, there was also a keyboard shortcut (hotkey) "CTRL+T" to toggle between dark theme and light theme in Windows Store app.

The feature was kept hidden as it was under development and now in recently released Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has enabled the feature to public.

Following screenshot shows the new dark theme live in action:


Now anyone can enjoy the dark theme mode in modern apps without modifying the Registry. A new option has been added to Settings app to toggle between dark and light themes.

If you are dark or black theme lover and want to enjoy the dark theme mode in Windows 10, following steps will help you:

1. Open Settings app from Start Menu or by pressing WIN+I keys together.

2. Now go to Personalization -> Colors section.

PS: Alternatively, You can directly launch this page using "ms-settings:colors" command in RUN dialog box as mentioned here.

3. Scroll down to bottom and you'll find a new option "Choose your app mode". Just select your desired app mode: Light or Dark and it'll immediately apply the selected theme mode in Settings, Windows Store and other modern apps.


The changes are instant. You can keep whatever theme you want to enjoy across all modern apps.

Also Check:

[Tip] Disable Dark Modern Context Menu and Restore Classic Context Menu in Windows 10 Taskbar


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  • While dark theme is an improvement, what would be nicer is if they extended the dark theme to windows file explorer also

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