How To Enable Dark Theme for ConfigMgr Console

In this guide, I will show you how to enable dark theme for ConfigMgr console. Using Switch Console Theme option, you can now switch from light theme to dark theme from within SCCM console with few easy steps.

Configuration Manager version 2203 introduces a new feature called dark theme support for console. Configuration Manager Console offers dark mode, and you can switch the console theme to dark theme or light theme.

To enable and use the dark mode for ConfigMgr console, you must first upgrade to 2203 release. Here is a nice step-by-step SCCM 2203 upgrade guide that you can use.

Enabling the dark theme changes the appearance of Configuration Manager console and makes the items and entries appear dark. It changes the overall appearance of the console to dark.

The SCCM console dark theme feature is a pre-release feature first introduced in ConfigMgr 2203. You have to turn on the pre-release feature manually before you can enable the dark theme for console.

Note: Pre-release features in SCCM are features that are in the current branch for early testing in a production environment. They shouldn’t be considered production ready.

SCCM Console Dark Theme Feature Grayed Out

After you upgrade to Configuration Manager 2203 and attempt to turn on the SCCM Console dark theme feature, you will notice that this pre-release feature is grayed out.

The SCCM console dark theme feature is grayed out because you have not given your consent to turn on and use pre-release features in SCCM.

To turn on the dark theme pre-release feature, you need to give your consent to use the pre-release features first. As per Microsoft, pre-release features are included in the product for early testing in a production environment.

SCCM Console Dark Theme Feature Grayed Out
SCCM Console Dark Theme Feature Grayed Out

Here is how you can give consent to turn on the console dark theme pre-release feature. In the Configuration Manager console, go to Administration\Overview\Site Configuration\Sites. Choose Hierarchy Settings and click the General tab. Check the box “Consent to use Pre-Release features“. Click Apply and OK.

After you enable pre-release features, close the ConfigMgr console and launch it again.

Note: If you don’t see the Switch Console Theme option in the console, it means you haven’t turned on the console dark theme feature, or you aren’t running ConfigMgr version 2203.

Enable Consent to use Pre-release Features
Enable Consent to use Pre-release Features

Turn on Console Dark Theme Feature in SCCM

You can try the following steps to turn on the dark theme console feature:

  • Launch Configuration Manager console.
  • Navigate to Administration\Overview\Updates and Servicing\Features.
  • From the list of Pre-release features, right-click Console Dark Theme and select Turn on.
Turn on Console Dark Theme Feature in SCCM
Turn on Console Dark Theme Feature in SCCM

Whenever you enable a pre-release feature in SCCM, you see a warning box.

“This feature will now be replicated and turned on all site servers in your Configuration Manager hierarchy. After the process is completed the Configuration Manager console will update itself the next time console starts”. Do you want to turn on this feature? Click Yes.

Turn on Console Dark Theme Feature in SCCM
Turn on Console Dark Theme Feature in SCCM

Close the Configuration Manager console and re-launch the console.

How To Enable Dark Theme for ConfigMgr Console

Let’s see the steps to enable dark theme for SCCM console. Launch the ConfigMgr console and on top-left corner of the console, click the blue drop-down and from the list of options select “Switch Console Theme“. The appearance of console immediately changes to dark mode.

Enable Dark Theme for ConfigMgr Console
Enable Dark Theme for ConfigMgr Console

A confirmation box is displayed with the following message “The default theme for the Configuration Manager console is applied. Restart your console for it to affect“. Click OK.

Close the SCCM console and re-launch the console, and you will see the dark theme for console is applied.

Note: When you first switch to a different theme in SCCM console, you may notice the node navigation pane doesn’t properly render when you move to a new workspace. To work around this issue, restart the console.

Enable Dark Theme for ConfigMgr Console
Enable Dark Theme for ConfigMgr Console

Disable Dark Theme for SCCM Console

If you don’t like the dark theme for SCCM console, you can easily disable it and return to light theme. To turn off the dark theme, select the arrow from the top left of the ribbon, then choose Switch console theme. Select Switch console theme again to return to the light theme.

You’ll again see a confirmation that default theme for Configuration Manager is applied. You have to close the console and restart to see the light mode applied.

Disable Dark Theme for SCCM Console
Disable Dark Theme for SCCM Console

Conclusion

The console dark theme is a pre-release feature in SCCM 2203. Currently, there are certain locations in the console that may not display the dark theme correctly. This experimental pre-release feature can be enabled only if you require it. I am hoping Microsoft ConfigMgr product team makes more enhancements to this feature in coming updates.

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