We stare at desktop / laptop screens for hours together. Reduce eyestrain in few simple steps. Enable dark mode in Windows, Office, and Teams. 4 min reading time.
Enable Office Dark Mode
Open Word (or Excel or PowerPoint). Go to File – Options – General.
Change the Theme from White to Dark Gray. That’s it.
Just change it in one of the apps. It affects all others.
I have started using Office Dark Mode for all my live demos as well as YouTube Videos.
Dark Mode for Teams
Teams app – Click your profile picture. Choose Settings and Choose Dark mode.
Windows Dark Mode
With Windows 10, go to Settings – Colors and choose Dark theme.
Also try Settings – Night Light – enable. This changes the screen display and makes it less severe on the eyes. If you find it soothing for your eyes, use it during daytime as well.
One word of caution. The Night Light alters all the screen colors. Therefore, if you are working on something where exact color rendition matters – like presentations or image / video editing, disable the Night Light.
It is important to set dark mode for all types of applications you use. Many applications like Adobe use the dark gray theme by default, simplifying the work for you.
Increase Font Scale
Settings – Display – Increase the display scaling to the recommended percentage and try it out. You may be surprised with the improved readability and reduced stress on eyes.
High Contrast mode
Windows, Office and Teams also offer a high contrast mode for people with eyesight problems.
Dark mode in browsers
All browsers have a dark theme.
Edge and chrome follows the Windows system theme.
In Firefox – Options – Themes – Dark.
Increase Outlook preview pane zoom level
- Move the zoom slider in the status bar at the bottom to the desired level of zoom.
- Then click on the zoom percentage display itself.
- In the dialog, choose Remember my preference
- Click Ok.
Here are other articles I have written about improving readability.
Also read this article about Office theme.
Remember that most of these options can be made default across the organization using Group Policy or Azure AD.
Finally, remember to use the dark theme in all apps you use.