Dark mode coming to Windows 10 users, available with latest build

By: Milan Stanojevic
2 minute read

Dark themes are useful if you’re using your laptop or tablet during the night. If you’re a fan of this kind of functionality, Windows 10 will get its own dark mode in the upcoming Anniversary Update. Windows 10’s dark mode is currently available as a part of Build 14316, recently released to Insiders in the Fast Ring. We were surprised to see this option available in Windows 10 especially since it wasn’t mentioned at all during this year’s Build conference.

Latest Windows 10 Build introduces dark mode

Some users prefer using dark themes in their applications and previously if you wanted to use dark mode on Windows 10, you had to change a few registry values. With Build 14316, there’s no need for such workarounds because you can easily switch between light and dark modes.

When you turn on dark mode, certain Universal apps such as Calculator, Alarms & Clock, Settings will also turn dark. Not all apps support dark mode and if your Universal apps have support for their own themes, they most likely won’t be affected by this change. Dark mode is still in its testing phase, and as such minor issues are to be expected.

Alongside dark mode, Microsoft also added the ability to set accent colors for title bars. Currently, when you set an accent color, Windows 10 applies it to title bars, the Action Center, and Start Menu alike. With Build 14316, you can finally set different accent colors for title bars instead of using the same color for all elements.

The addition of a dark mode and the ability to set different accent colors for title bars aren’t some of the most needed features, but they are certainly a welcome addition that will allow us to customize Windows 10 even further. Regarding availability, we expect to see dark mode along with additional improvements available to the public as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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