How To Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11

In this article, I will show you how you can enable dark theme for Notepad in Windows 11. Microsoft is now rolling out an updated Notepad with a Dark mode support for Windows 11 insiders Dev Channel.

One of most requested feature is the dark mode support for Notepad application. The good news is Notepad in Windows 11 now supports dark mode.

Read: Redesigned Notepad for Windows 11 begins rolling out to Windows Insiders.

If you set the Windows 11 system theme to Dark, by default, Notepad will adapt to your system theme preferences.

And if you don’t use the dark mode, you can still enable dark theme for Notepad in Windows 11 by setting the App theme to dark.

In addition to the new look, the Notepad application will get features like rounded corners, and Mica effect to Windows 11 insiders in the dev channel.

Notepad is a text editor, and it can read and write plain texts encoded in ASCII, UTF-8, and UTF-16. It supports both left-to-right and right-to-left based languages.

The dark theme for notepad is currently available for Windows Insiders (Dev channel). I am hoping to see this feature making it to stable release of Windows 11 soon.

Read: How to download Windows 11 Insider Preview

How To Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11

Let’s see how you can enable the dark theme for Notepad in Windows 11. I will show you 2 ways to enable the dark mode for Notepad.

Windows 11 allows you to pick a mode where you can set the mode to Light, Dark or Custom. Each mode changes the colors that appear in Windows and even your applications.

On Windows 11, if you go to Personalization > Colors, you can choose your color mode. If you st the Windows 11 color mode to Dark, the dark mode will automatically be enabled on Notepad when you launch it.

Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11
Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11

Ensure you are using the latest Notepad app version. Open the Microsoft Store app and check for updates and launch Notepad to see the changes.

The dark mode is works with the latest version of Notepad app. You have to manually update the Notepad to the latest version from Microsoft Store.

If you find the Update option for Notepad app, go ahead and update the Notepad application. If you don’t see the update option for Notepad app, you are using the latest version.

Update the Notepad Application
Update the Notepad Application

When you launch the updated Notepad application, you see the dark mode is applied automatically. Since you have set the Windows 11 color mode to Dark, the dark theme is applied for Notepad too.

The Notepad dark theme looks so nice and feels better compared to the light theme. If you are a person who spends a lot of time staring at screens, Dark mode may work to decrease eye strain and dry eye.

Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11
Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11

Suppose you have set the Windows 11 system theme to Light, the Notepad will follow the system preferences. Does it mean you have to always set the Windows 11 color mode to dark?

Absolutely not, even if you have set the Windows 11 color mode to Light, you can still enable dark theme for Notepad and other applications.

Launch the Notepad application and click the Settings icon.

Select Notepad Settings
Select Notepad Settings

On the Notepad app settings, click the App Theme and select the app theme to display. If you want to enable dark theme for notepad app, select the App Theme option to Dark. This setting immediately enables the dark theme for Notepad.

Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11
Enable Dark Theme for Notepad in Windows 11

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