How to enable dark theme in File Explorer on Windows 10

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Windows 10 fans from all over the world, we’ve got an excellent piece of news for you: the long awaited File Explorer Dark Theme is finally here. If you’re an Insider, you can now download Windows 10 build 17733 on your computer in order to test the new feature.

Rumors about the dark theme in File Explorer have been around for a long time, and the big day has finally arrived — dark theme support is now available for File Explorer. You can enable this feature  by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors.

windows 10 file explorer dark theme

As many of you know, we added dark theme support to Windows based on your feedback. This setting is available under Settings > Personalization > Colors, and if you switch it any apps and system UI that support it will follow suit. Since releasing this feature, our top feedback request from you has been to update File Explorer to support dark theme, and with today’s build it’s happening! Along the way, we also added dark theme support to the File Explorer context menu, as well as the Common File Dialog (aka the Open and Save dialogs). Thanks again for everyone’s feedback!

Bing search queries come to Settings

Bing search queries Settings page

Another interesting change that this build brings concerns the Settings page. Microsoft is working to implement answers to the most common Windows 10 questions right into the Settings page. In this manner, you’ll quickly get the answer you need so that you can configure your computer properly. All you need to do is click on the respective questions and Windows 10 will take you to Bing.com to display the answer.

For more information about the latest Windows 10 build 17733 features and improvements, you can go to Microsoft’s official blog post. It is worth mentioning that this build release also brings some issues of its own. The most common one is an install issue. Your PC may appear stuck at “Preparing to install…” between the 80%-100% in Windows Update. All you need to do is wait patiently for about half and hour and the install process should automatically resume.

If you already installed Windows 10 build 17733, tell us more about your experience in the comments below.

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