Best Microsoft Edge themes to use and improve the browser’s aesthetics

Joshua Fischermann By: Joshua Fischermann
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Microsoft Edge is constantly being improved. New features are being added to the web browser on a regular basis, and it is now better than ever. Some of the features included are easy access to Cortana (search assistant), ability to make a web note or doodle, create an easy to use reading list, tools to analyze website performance, and much more.

One of the fairly new features included in the Edge browser is the ability to choose a theme. Currently, there are only two themes that you can choose for the browser: Dark and Light. However, there have been rumors that users will be able to choose a wider variety of themes in the future. Nevertheless, this new feature is a nice gesture that shows Microsoft knows that aesthetics is important to users. In this article we will talk about the best Microsoft Edge themes to use as well as how to change the theme in the first place.

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1. How to change the theme in Microsoft Edge

Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge

Step 2: Click on the ‘More Action’ icon located on the top right part of the browser windows. This icon looks is marked by three dots.

Step 3: Once you click on that icon, locate the ‘Settings‘ option. It’s located on the bottom of the list.

Step 4: Once in the Settings section you should be able to find an option that let’s you choose between a Light or Dark theme.

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2. Advantages of the light theme

There are several advantages of a light themed user interface. There have actually been quite a few studies discussing whether a light theme or dark theme is better for productivity. Most studies have found that dark characters on a light or white colored (light theme) interface is better than light colored characters on a dark user interface (dark theme).

For instance, there was a study by Bauer and Cavonius (1980) where the participants were 26% more accurate when reading dark texts on a light themed background then when they were reading light texts on a dark background.

The human eye tends to focus easier on dark characters with light backgrounds. This makes it more simple to read. Note that there factors like the brightness of the room you are in may affect your ability to read or work with a light theme. However, the bottom line is that the light them is usually the better choice for work or productivity.

3. Advantages of the dark theme

That being said, there are advantages to using the dark theme of Microsoft Edge. For example, users have claimed that using the dark theme reduces video glare and and lessens the amount of blue light shown from the screen. Less blue light means that you eyes will be more comfortable and less strained. This can in turn make it easier for users to sleep during the night.

There is a myth that dark user interfaces slightly reduces the amount of power you need. So, let’s say that you want to conserve the battery on your laptop or mobile phone, then you can just switch to the dark theme. However, this has been proven to be a myth, as your computer still uses the same amount of power to display dark themed user interfaces on your screen.

Conclusion

Microsoft Edge continues to evolve as more and more features are added on a regular basis. Many of these features improve both aesthetics and productivity. Now that you have the choice to choose between a dark and light theme, you should know the unique benefits of each theme. That way you can better decide what is the best Microsoft edge themes to use for you personally.

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