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How To Force Apps To Use Dark Mode In Windows 10

In a previous guide, we showed you how to bring out the dark theme of Windows 10. Today we will force apps to use dark mode to match. 

This guide is relatively simple one, if you are curious on how to make registry files which is a necessary step for this guide, you can click on the link below for an extensive guide (with step-by-step screenshots) for reference purposes.

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Now, this guide has two parts. One part will be enabling the following tweak to be executed, and the other part will be to make the tweak itself, don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it sounds.

If for some reason, you want to make things easy, you can find registry files for what you need at the end of the guide.

First of all, right-click anywhere on your desktop, select New and click on Text Document.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
 "AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000

Once done, Navigate to File, Save As. Name the file whatever you wish as long as you end the name with .reg. Under Save as type, select All Files.

Once done with all the above, save the file. Now, navigate to where you saved it and give permission for the registry file to be executed and added to your system registry. You can do this by just double clicking the registry file and confirming all the dialog boxes that follow.

We are now half-way through the guide, and this is where we force apps to use dark mode.

Replicate the above steps, but this time enter the following text into the empty document, and save it. Followed by executing or running it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
 "AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000000

The above lines will force apps to use dark mode in Windows 10However, if you aren’t satisfied with the results and wish to go back, you can revert back to the light theme by making your own registry file to undo the above.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
 "AppsUseLightTheme"=dword:00000001

The above lines will remove the force apps to use dark mode in Windows 10. 

Alternatively, here are some ready-made registry that are ready for execution. Just open them up and apply them to apply said theme.

Light Theme [Jumpshare]

Dark Theme [Jumpshare]

If you wish for a quick comparison, here is the calculator app.

The result of force apps to use dark mode

  • Doesn’t work. E.g., Notepad still uses light mode. If this fix isn’t meant for such a thing, then I don’t understand its value.