By default, both Windows 10 and macOS display the screens in white background with black text. This is a light mode display and cause trouble to your eyes especially when you focus on the display on brighter environment. Though night mode is an option to set warmer colors, it will not help in changing the entire screen to dark something you can do in smartphones easily. With macOS Mojave and Windows 10 feature update October 2018, both Apple and Microsoft introduced a dark mode feature. Though dark mode is already available in Windows 10, this feature update will bring the dark mode to File Explorer. It enables you to change the display to black and the text to white colors and focus on the display with cool eyes.
Change to Dark Mode in Windows 10
Type “settings” in Windows or Cortana Search box and open Settings app. You can also press “Win + I” keys to open Windows Settings app and click on “Personalization” option.
Go to “Colors” section in the left pane and scroll down on the right pane. Choose “Dark” option under “Choose your default app mode” section.
Below is how the light and dark mode will look like in Windows 10.
Dark Theme in Microsoft Edge
The dark mode in Windows 10 will only affect few apps like File Explorer. Many Microsoft apps will look similar in both light and dark modes. But if you are using Edge as your browser then it has an additional option for choosing dark theme.
Launch Edge and press “Alt + X” keys to open the “Settings and more” menu or click on the three dots button on the top right corner. Click on the “Settings” option.
Choose “Dark” option from “Choose a theme” dropdown. This will instantly change the browser into dark mode.
Similar to Edge, you can setup the background for Office apps separately.
Change to Dark Mode in macOS Mojave
Apple introduced dark mode in macOS version 10.14 also known as Mojave. Click on the Apple menu on top left corner and go to “System Preferences…”.
Click on the “General” option.
Here you can change the appearance to light or dark similar to Windows 10.
Once you select the mode, it will apply instantly on you Mac. Below is how the dark mode will look like on your Mac.
Windows 10 Dark Mode Vs macOS Mojave Dark Mode
The dark mode is a wonderful feature in macOS that applies the color scheme for the entire Mac. It includes the default apps like Pages, Notes, etc. Most of the Mac apps has an option to enable light mode only for that app when dark mode is enabled. This will help to choose what exactly you want on individual apps though entire Mac is running on dark mode.
Unfortunately, dark mode works only on File Explorer and few other apps in Windows 10. On Edge and Office apps you need to separately setup the theme or background regardless of system wide settings. We hope Microsoft will update Windows 10 to have the system wide dark mode in a good looking manner integrated with the core apps.
Though Windows 10 and macOS offer dark mode, it is up to the individual third party apps to adopt this setting. Due to this reason, you will still see most of the apps work with default white or grey backgrounds since they will not support the dark mode. We believe, this new feature will take some time for developers to implement on their apps and it will become easy to toggle between light and dark modes for individual apps later point of time.