How to Enable Dark Mode on Notepad on Windows 11/10 - Windows Basics


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

How to Enable Dark Mode on Notepad on Windows 11/10

In recent years, dark mode in apps and operating systems has become more popular, mainly because of its more pleasing aesthetic and easier to see when the sun goes down.

Windows comes with a dark theme that improves the overall aesthetic of the system. However, this option is limited and does not affect certain applications. One such application is the Notepad application, on which you have to manually enable dark mode.

In this guide, we will discuss in detail the steps to enable Dark Mode in Notepad and Notepad++. It's easy to make these changes and revert them.

How to Enable Dark Mode in Notepad on Windows 10

The simplest way to enable dark mode in Notepad on Windows 10 is to modify the Ease of Access setting in the Settings app. If you don't want to enable that feature, you can download similar third-party apps using the Microsoft Store.

Whichever method you prefer, we'll cover both in detail.

1. Modify Ease of Access settings

The easiest way to enable dark background mode in Notepad on Windows 10 is to enable the High contrast feature in the Ease of Access settings. However, this feature may not be suitable for everyone.

High contrast is a Windows feature designed specifically for visually impaired users. It hides wallpapers and certain user interface controls, like brightly colored buttons to make navigation easier. This mode changes the entire Windows theme to black, while the text remains white.

1. Press Windows Key  + I to open Windows Settings.

2. Choose Ease of Access in the following window.

3. Choose the High contrast option from the left pane.

4. Turn the toggle on for Turn on high contrast.

Your system will take a few seconds to apply these changes. Once that is done, you can launch the notepad to see if the changes are applied.

2. Download third-party alternatives

As mentioned earlier, high contrast may not be for everyone. If you don't want to turn it on, you can to download a third-party alternative using the Microsoft Store.

The most popular option is the Black Notepad application, which has almost the same functionality as the default Notepad in Windows. It's available for free in the Microsoft Store, so you can download it and start using it right away.

You can also search for other options online with advanced functionality if you use Notepad often.

In case you have downloaded a third-party text editor and want to continue using it instead of Notepad, you should make it your default editor. For this, right click on any text file and select Open with > Choose another app.

Select the targeted app in the following dialog and check the box Always use this app to open .txt files.

How to enable Dark Mode in Notepad on Windows 11

The new Windows operating system also allows users to enable and customize dark mode on their systems, just like Windows 10. If you are a Windows 11 user, follow one of the methods below to enable it. dark background mode in Notepad.

1. Using the Settings app

In this method, we will switch the whole system to dark background mode. However, if your Windows Notepad is not configured to use the system theme, these changes will not work for you.

1. Press Windown Key + I to open the Settings app.

2. Choose Personalization from the left pane.

3. Click on Colors in the following window.

4. Expand the dropdown for Choose your mode and choose Dark from the context menu.

You can now launch the Notepad and check if the dark mode has been enabled successfully.

2. Modify the Notepad Settings

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

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

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

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

  • Light
  • Dark
  • Use system settings.

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

How to enable Dark Theme in Notepad++

Notepad++ is the classic Notepad on steroids. This text editor is developed by Microsoft and offers some advanced features not found in classic Notepad.

You can work with about 80 different programming languages in this text editor, as well as launch multiple files at once.

If you are using Notepad ++, here is how you can enable the dark theme in the app:

1. Launch Notepad ++ and head over to Settings > Style Configurator.

In the following window, expand the dropdown for Select theme and choose Deep Black.

You can customize the app further by changing the overall style of the app, fonts, and colors. Once you are done, click on Save & Close.

Your Notepad ++ app should display the dark mode now. Don’t forget to set it as the default text editor by following the steps we highlighted above.

Use Dark Mode in Notepad the Easy Way

The dark mode trend has spread rapidly in the tech world, and today most other apps, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Slack, and every search engine support the feature. Once you get used to seeing things in dark mode, switching to brighter and brighter modes can feel awkward.

Hopefully the methods listed above helped you to switch to dark mode without any problems. You can always revert the changes by following the same steps if you intend to change.

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