Windows 11 Will Ship Running Dark Mode by Default


Windows 11 delivers significant updates to the Windows experience, but there’s one change you might not have heard about. Microsoft has confirmed that its new OS will run dark mode by default when it rolls out later this year.

The reasoning behind this move is simple, as Grant explains:
“Since we’re spending so much time in front of bright screens, not just for email, but also countless meetings, plus keeping up with our personal lives”, adding that that a default dark mode will help “give your eyes a rest”. The move applies to all commercial versions of Windows 11, including Home and Pro.

Light mode will still be available, but most people are likely to stick with the defaults. This may only apply to newly-purchased PCs, as the free upgrade from Windows 10 is expected to retain all existing settings.

How to turn on dark mode in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Dark mode was introduced to Windows 10 in 2016, just a few months after the operating system first launched. Turning it on is as simple as heading to Settings > Personalisation > Colours and choosing ‘Dark’ from the drop-down marked ‘Choose your colour’. You can also activate a custom setting, which offers more granular control over the colour scheme.

Although the Settings menu has been redesigned for Windows 11, the process of turning on dark mode is the same. However, you can also choose from various preset themes or install new ones of your own.

Windows 11’s BSOD also gets a dark mode (sort of)

Even if you’re a fan of dark mode, you won’t want to experience where else it’s been introduced. Windows 10’s Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), which displays when ‘your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart’, will turn black for Windows 11. However, there are no other changes to this screen for the new OS.

A version of this article was originally published in German on our sister site, PC-Welt.

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