How to Enable Dark Mode in Notepad in Windows 11?

On a Windows 11 computer, you can turn on dark mode or dark theme by navigating to Settings > Personalization > Colors page and after that selecting the Dark option from the “Choose your mode” drop-down menu.

Once you enable the dark theme; the taskbar, Start menu, File Explorer, Settings app, and many other supported apps will adopt a dark mode. However, the built-in Notepad app did not support the dark mode until now. So, Windows 11 users were using the Black Notepad application. Now, Microsoft offers dark mode in the Notepad app that means no need to use third-party software.

Fortunately, Microsoft has now redesigned the Notepad in Windows 11 that supports dark mode. In addition to the dark mode, the Notepad brings a redesigned user interface that aligns well with the visual design of Windows 11.

How to Turn on the Dark Mode for Notepad in Windows 11?

You can enable the Dark mode for Notepad from the Settings app. For that, simply enable the dark mode by navigating to Settings > Personalization > Colors page and then selecting the Dark option from the “Choose your mode” drop-down menu.

If you don’t prefer to use Dark Mode for all apps but want to activate dark mode for Notepad; use the following guidelines:-

Step 1. First, open the Notepad application on your computer.

For that, press Windows + R keys on the keyboard to launch the R dialog box. Then, type notepad and hit Enter key on the keyboard.

Step 2. When the Notepad app opens, click on the Settings icon located at the top right of the app to open Notepad settings.

Step 3. After that, click anywhere on the App theme tile.

Step 4. Here, in the “App theme” section, you will find three options:-

  • Light
  • Dark
  • Use system settings.

Step 5. Finally, select the Dark option to activate the Dark mode for Notepad.

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