Apps Use Light or Dark Theme in Windows 10

    Apps Use Light or Dark Theme in Windows 10

    How to Set a Light or Dark Mode for Apps Theme in Windows 10
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    How to Set a Light or Dark Mode for Apps Theme in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows apps can use a light or dark theme, but this is incomplete in Windows 10.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable users to be able to have their apps use a light or dark theme mode in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Currently this only seems to affect the Settings, Store, Alarms & Clock, Calculator, UAC, Voice Recorder, and other UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps that listen and respond to theme changes in the OS will change into dark mode. Some UWP apps that control their own theme settings (separate from Windows) won’t change by toggling this setting.

    If you spot any others, then please feel free to post a reply with a screenshot.


    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342, the UAC dialog now supports dark mode! As part of this work, Microsoft has also updated the header color from yellow to blue.

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Set Apps to Use Light or Dark Mode for Theme in Settings
    • Option Two: To Set Apps to Use Light or Dark Mode for Theme using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Apps using Light and Dark theme
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    Apps Use Light or Dark Theme in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Apps Use Light or Dark Theme in Windows 10
    To Set Apps to Use Light or Dark Mode for Theme in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Click/tap on Colors on the left side, and select (dot) Light or Dark under Choose your mode for what app theme you want. (see screenshots below)

    3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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    Apps Use Light or Dark Theme in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Apps Use Light or Dark Theme in Windows 10
    To Set Apps to Use Light or Dark Mode for Theme using a REG file

    1. An administrator will first need to click/tap on the Download button below to download and merge the .reg file below if this hasn't already been done.
    Note   Note
    The .reg file below will add and change the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

    AppsUseLightTheme DWORD

    0 = enable dark theme option


    Enable_Dark-or_Light_theme.reg

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    A) Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    B) Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    C) If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.


    2. Any user can now do step 3 (light) or step 4 (dark) below for what theme they would like apps to use for only their account.


     3. To Have Apps Use Light Theme for Your Account

    Note   Note
    The .reg file below will add and change the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

    AppsUseLightTheme DWORD

    0 = apps use light theme


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Use_Light_theme_for_current_user.reg

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     4. To Have Apps Use Dark Theme for Your Account

    Note   Note
    The .reg file below will add and change the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

    AppsUseLightTheme DWORD

    1 = apps use dark theme


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Use_Dark_theme_for_current_user.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. Sign out and sign in to apply.




    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Feb 2015
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       2015-09-30 #1

    Currently this only seems to affect the Settings, Store, and Calculator apps in the example screenshots below.

    If you spot any others, then please feel free to post a reply with a screenshot.

    Found one! Voice recorder.
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       2015-09-30 #2

    Thank you Cliff.
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       2015-10-01 #3

    good job thanks Cliff
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       2016-01-28 #4

    Now if I could get this on File Explorer my eyes could be at peace once more.
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  5. Joined : Feb 2015
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       2016-01-28 #5

    Mildoze said: View Post
    Now if I could get this on File Explorer my eyes could be at peace once more.
    Unless Microsoft codes File Explorer XAML instead of system32, I don't see it happening.And even then, this registry entry doesn't effect "all" Universal apps(XAML), for example News app.
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       2016-04-06 #6

    Tutorial updated to add OPTION ONE for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316:

    Insider Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316 - Windows 10 Forums

    When you switch to dark mode, apps such as Settings, Store, Alarms & Clock, Calculator and other UWP apps that listen and respond to theme changes in the OS will change into dark mode. Some UWP apps that control their own theme settings (separate from Windows) won’t change by toggling this setting.
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