Microsoft announced a more extensive dark mode in Word on Tuesday. Previously, the dark mode of the program only affected the ribbon and toolbar, not the document itself. That all the changes are starting today.
“As we stay on our screens for a long time, it has become increasingly important to reduce eye strain and to accommodate sensitivity to light,” Microsoft said in a blog post (via The Verge). “As a result, the Black Office theme has been extended to include your document canvas as well. Many Officer Insiders have been requesting this feature for a long time, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to deliver.”
The GIF below shows how Microsoft’s more comprehensive dark mode in Word looks.
To access this feature, click File > Account > Office Theme > Black. The nice thing about the new change is that you can switch between the black and white background color of the page. When you choose a dark theme, Microsoft said that the colors in your document will also be changed to reflect the new color contrast.
“Indeed, red, blue, yellow, and other colors will shift slightly to mute the overall effect of the color palette and look visually more pleasing to the new dark background,” said Microsoft.
Microsoft said that there is actually a benefit to seeing your document applied without dark mode. That’s because the white canvas shows how others will see it by default, like when you send it to a colleague. You can switch back and forth between a white and dark canvas, or even completely disable the dark canvas by going to File > Options > General > Personalize.
More extensive changes to Word’s dark mode are currently available to users of Insider Beta Channel running version 2012 (Build 13518.10000). The feature rolls out slowly to the insiders to ensure that things are working smoothly. If testing is going well, hopefully, we’ll see the same features brought to a stable release.
Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.