How to enable Dark Theme in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

In our previous article, we covered how enable the dark theme for Settings and apps in Windows 10. It involves a Registry tweak to activate the dark theme. With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft added the ability to activate the dark theme from Settings. Here is how it can be done.


To enable Dark Theme in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you don't need third party tools or Registry tweaks any more. All you need to do is to follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 settings app
  2. Go to Personalization ->> Colors: Windows 10 personalization colors
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the option "Choose your mode". There, you can set Light or Dark color scheme as shown below: Windows 10 enable dark theme

The changes will be applied immediately. That's it.

8 thoughts on “How to enable Dark Theme in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

  1. Sam Joshua

    I’ve updated but I dont have that option? Could it be only for regional based?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Very strange. It is not regional based option.
      Which Windows version it shows you after the upgrade?

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      1. Sam Joshua

        Even I find it strange as well.

        Windows 10 Pro 64 bit – Build 10586

        http://i.imgur.com/25ZHIeo.jpg

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Ah. You need to run build 14316. This one:
          https://winaero.com/blog/windows-10-build-14316-is-out/
          Alternatively, you can follow this simple tutorial:
          https://winaero.com/blog/enable-the-dark-theme-for-settings-and-modern-apps-in-windows-10/

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          1. Sam Joshua

            Aah.. I see. Its a insider preview update it seems. Its my primary computer. Will wait for official roll out then. Thanks for the guidance. :)

  2. Sargon

    Dark mode should make title bars black. They’re still white.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you can try to fix it as follows (set them to some dark color):
      https://winaero.com/blog/enable-colored-title-bars-but-keep-taskbar-black-in-windows-10/

      Reply
  3. Why must Windows 10 act like a tablet now.

    the whole “dark or light” mode is only for the STUPID windows that look like they belong on a TABLET.

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