If you did not know, Microsoft Word has a dark mode. The problem is that a large part of your screen – mainly the large page you are typing on – remains white even after you activate the function. For reference, this looks like ‘dark’ mode in Word:
You have a large piece of white staring straight at you. But as discovered by Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is currently testing a full-fledged dark mode that actually turns the white side dark gray and turns black text white (the feature is currently limited to Office Insiders). The colors remain the same overall color, but “will be shifted to accommodate the new color contrast” and “mute the overall effect of the color palette and look more visually appealing with the new dark background.”
It looks that way:
To enable dark mode, simply go to File> Options> General> Personalize and select ‘Black’ from the ‘Office Theme’ menu.
No, this does not mean that your pages are printed in dark colors; the function is intended only as an aesthetic tool during writing. To preview what the page will look like when it is printed or shared, you can just press the ‘Change Mode’ button in the ‘View’ menu. The interface remains in dark mode, but you will now see the page as it would be printed.
If you like the dark user interface but would rather have a white page, go to File> Options> General> Personalize and tap “Disable Dark” next to “Office Theme.”
It is a welcome option. Having a large white rectangle that blows light at you defeats the purpose of many dark mode users.
Some people use dark mode solely for aesthetic reasons, and do not mind having the actual page you type on remain white as long as the interface is white. Others use dark mode to reduce the brightness of the screen due to light sensitivity or to minimize blue light before sleep. Personally, I use it only because I think dark mode is easier on the eyes and less distracting at night.
Unfortunately, this feature is currently only available to Beta testers who are registered for the Microsoft Insider channel. While it’s likely that the feature will transition to the stable versions of Word – OneNote’s dark mode works in much the same way – there’s no telling when exactly that might happen.
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