How to add a dark Notepad to Windows 10

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Windows 10’s Notepad is the platform’s default text editor that some users utilize for batch files and other coding. Notepad is, however, a little basic with only limited customization options for text. Some users would prefer to have a dark Notepad, with a black color scheme, but Windows 10’s default text editor doesn’t include any dark theme options.

Windows 10’s dark option for apps has no impact on Notepad. Users can still add a black background to Notepad by clicking Ease of Access and High contrast in Settings and selecting the Turn on high contrast > High Contrast Black options. That, however, also changes the whole color scheme in Windows, which is not ideal. So, most users will probably prefer to add alternative third-party text editors with dark themes to Windows 10 instead.

Notepad and the High Contrast option how to make notepad dark

Steps to Add a Dark Notepad Alternative to Windows 10

Check Out the Black Notepad UWP App

The Black Notepad UWP app is a dark-themed version of the default Windows 10 text editor. Thus, it’s almost exactly the same as Notepad except for its alternative dark color scheme. Click the Get button on its MS Store page to add this app to Windows 10.

Black Notepad app how to make notepad dark

Add Black NotePad to Windows 10

Black NotePad is third-party text editor that retains the original features of Notepad. However, it’s not entirely the same as it includes additional options and features. The most notable difference is its default dark theme that users can configure by clicking alternative color scheme options on its toolbar. Users can get this text editor by clicking Black NotePad on its Download Center page.

Black NotePad software how to make notepad dark

Customize the Theme for Notepad++

  1. Users can also select a dark theme for Notepad++ to add a dark Notepad alternative to Windows 10. To do so, click Download on that text editor’s download page to save its installer.
  2. Then open the Notepad++ setup wizard to install it.
  3. Next, open the Notepad++ window shown directly below.Notepad++ how to make notepad dark
  4. Notepad++ has a plain theme by default. To change that, click Settings > Style Configurator to open the window in the snapshot directly below.
    Style Configurator window how to make notepad dark
  5. Then select Deep Black on the theme drop-down menu.
  6. Users can also modify more specific UI element colors by selecting them in the Style box. Then click the color boxes to open palettes for them.
  7. Click the Save & Close button.

The dark theme for Notepad++ how to make notepad dark

Select the Notepad Alternative to be the Default Text Editor

  1. After adding one of the above software to Windows 10, configure it to be the default text editor. To do that, right-click a text file and select Open with.
  2. Click Choose another app to open an open this file window.The Choose another app option how to make notepad dark
  3. Click More apps > Look for another app on this PC if the text editor isn’t listed on the window.
  4. Then select the new text editor software in the Open with window.
  5. After that, the new text editor will be listed on the How do you want to open this file? window. Select the new text editor there, click the Always use this app to open .txt files option, and press the OK button.The open this file window how to make notepad dark

So, that’s how users can add a dark-themed Notepad alternative to Windows 10. After configuring one of those programs to be the default text editor, it will open all TXT files when you click them.


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