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While Windows 10 lets you choose from a variety of colors for theming, you’re pretty much limited to a bright background. If you’re trying to work at night, these blinding colors can make it hard to see your screen Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted? Tips to Make Windows More Accessible for Young & Old Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted? Tips to Make Windows More Accessible for Young & Old Computers use print that's too small, your eyesight changes, you get headaches, and the computer gets called a lot of dirty names. Consult this guide to Windows Accessibility tools for some stress relief! Read More without having to wear sunglasses.

If you want to darken some Windows 10 menus, a trip to the Registry can set you up with this cool tweak. Remember that editing the Registry can be dangerous if you’re not careful, so follow these steps closely.

Press Windows Key + R to open the Run menu and type regedit. Browse to this location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize

If you don’t have a Personalize folder, create one by right-clicking Themes and choosing New > Key; name it Personalize to get the job done. After this, right-click Personalize and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Its name should be AppsUseLightTheme. Set its value to 0.

Now, head to this key and do the same thing in this location:

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize

Then, just log out of your account and jump back in, and check the Settings app and other locations to see the dark theme. If you decide it’s too dark for you, head back to these locations and change their values to 1.

Note that this feature will be easier to access in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary update Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features You will love the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! The second big upgrade to Windows 10 since its launch in July 2015 is expected this summer. Here we highlight the most exciting features. Read More , so if you don’t feel comfortable editing the Registry, wait until it launches at the beginning of August.

Want to make Windows even darker? Check out our complete guide to blacking out Windows 10 The Dark Side of Windows 10: Set a Theme & Change Colors The Dark Side of Windows 10: Set a Theme & Change Colors Windows 10 is so bright, it can cause eyestrain. Setting a dark theme is a simple way to give your eyes a break. We show you how to theme Windows 10 and its most commonly... Read More .

Do you like the Windows 10 dark theme, or do you prefer to keep things light? Leave a comment and tell us your preference!

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  1. Jake
    November 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Doesn't work. Can't name two registry values the same thing.

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