How to turn on Windows 10 Dark Mode automatically

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Windows 10 provided the dark mode as in other programs and applications.
The dark mode is an effective way to avoid straining your eyes when using your computer at night.
When dark mode is activated, it turns system elements such as the taskbar, menus, and built-in applications dark.
It also gives you the option to apply dark mode on compatible third party apps as well.

 How to turn on Windows 10 Dark Mode automatically

1. Visit the GitHub releases page for Windows 10 Auto Dark Mode. Click the link for “AutoDarkMode_v3_0_1_Setup.exe” to download the program.

Once downloaded, open the file to begin installation.

2. Installing Windows 10 Auto Dark Mode is very straightforward and it only requires 4.3MB of disk space. 

At the end of the setup process, ensure the “Launch Auto Dark Mode” checkbox is selected, then click Finish to open the program. 

3. Windows 10 Auto Dark Mode will open with its Time settings displayed. The first thing to do is select the “Enable automatic theme switching” checkbox, so the program can work.

Next, choose whether you want to “Set custom hours” or turn Windows 10’s dark theme on automatically from sunset to sunrise.

4. If you select “Set custom hours,” you’ll be asked to specify when you want to use Windows 10’s light theme and when to switch to dark theme. 

Enter your preferred times in the Light and Dark boxes, then click Apply to confirm. 

5. If you choose “From sunset to sunrise,” Windows 10 Auto Dark Mode will automatically detect your location, and the relevant sunset and sunrise times to switch to and from dark mode.


You can offset these times by as many minutes as you want, by typing different numbers into the Light and Dark boxes, but this isn’t essential. Click Set when you’re done.

6. Click Apps in the left-hand menu to choose whether Windows 10’s dark theme is applied to system elements, apps or both. 

Click the Apps drop-down menu and choose either “Adapt to system,” “Always light” or “Always dark,” then do the same for System. The latter also has an option to apply an accent color to your taskbar when you’re in dark mode, so you can more easily distinguish individual buttons. 

Further options let you automatically apply Windows 10’s dark theme to Microsoft Office and Edge, but only the “legacy” (pre-Chromium) version of the browser.

7. Next, click Wallpaper/Theme. This lets you automatically switch between different desktop wallpapers, depending on whether you’re in dark or light mode.

Select “Configure Desktop Background” and pick images to use for each mode, or opt to “Use current background” for one of them. Click Save to confirm your choices.

(Image credit: Tom's Guide)

You can also switch between different Windows themes, depending on the time of day, but for most users the choice between light or dark mode is likely to be enough!


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