Paint It Black: 15 Ways to Dark Mode Your PC

About the author
Avram Piltch

Avram Piltch is Tom's Hardware's editor-in-chief. When he's not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you'll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram developed many real-world benchmarks, including our laptop battery test.

Read more
Create a new thread in the Photo reports comments forum about this subject
10 comments
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
  • SR-71 Blackbird
    For the OS use WindowBlinds from Stardock , loaded with options.
  • shinto
    This all-black theme is best on an OLED display.
  • dz.ernesto
    Toms hardware could have a back theme option too...
  • tom10167
    This is really helpful, your best article yet.

    I would like to add: For those already using Stylish or much preferably Stylus, you'll have noticed a lot of sites won't have a dark theme. The theme here https://userstyles.org/styles/158321/global-dark-style-everything-to-dark-2018 is really good for that. In Stylus under manage the "applies to" lets you use it on specific sites like a whitelist, or you can set it to not apply to certain sites, like a blacklist. Didn't know about the dark settings in Windows though, really nice addition.
  • dalauder
    I do find it amusing that through all of this, discussion of Tom's Dark Theme is absent. Is it in the works?

    Thanks for the Windows and Office Tips. I use the Dark Reader extension for Chrome myself.
  • seriega5
    ...…✨ ✔©
  • derekullo
    I found this article very enlight ... darkening.
  • Mike Krapp
    Very poor article
  • Jake Hall
    Youtube never stays dark, for me. Windows 10 File explorer took some tweaking to get right, but i'm glad they're finally incorperating it. Google and stupid-ass facebook need a dark theme too.
  • shrapnel_indie
    There is some sloppiness in the article:

    Referencing Word for a dark theme and changing the documentatio color refers to: C:Users[YOURID]AppDataRoamingMicrosoftTemplates.
    Where's the backslashes? a quick cut-and-paste will result in an error for those who don't realize they're missing. While on the subject of Word, this help only seems to apply to Office365, a monthly subscription service based Office product. Not everybody WANTS to pay a monthly fee for the product, especially when older versions work just fine. (Also we have less to worry about in the potential of MS feeding themselves "telemetry" via Office365.)

    Oddly, Notepad++ seems to default to a non-dark theme (light background, dark text), at least everytime I've installed it... Yeah, you can switch it to a dark theme of your choice, but if you have any custom Language definitions, be prepared to work on changing them to keep a dark theme.