File Explorer Dark theme is now available on Windows 10

Do you know how to activate File Explorer Dark theme on your System? Well, this is pretty easy, however, your PC must be running on Windows 10 1809 i.e. October 2018 update or higher. The dark theme suits people who work on their laptops at night as this won’t release blue rays.

These days almost every apps and browser provide this feature. In smartphones, we have the facility to turn on dark mode. Hence, the Dark theme in File Explorer is really a great move by Microsoft. If you too don’t know how to activate this feature, read this article.

How to activate Dark theme in File Explorer

Here, we will explain the process of applying dark theme in File Explorer on Windows 10 PC-

  • At first, press Win+ I hotkey together to open the Settings app.
  • On the new window, select the Personalization category then Colors section on the left pane.
  • Now move to the right side and scroll down the cursor to the bottom of the page.
  • Henceforth, activate Dark instead of light under choose your default app mode.

File Explorer dark theme

If you change this option as described above, Explorer will automatically turn into a dark theme from light one. However, there is a prerequisite to this which is already explained above. You must be using Windows 10 1809 or a higher version of your System.

In case you don’t know which Windows version you are actually using, navigate to the following path-

Settings > System > About

Succeeding after, move to the Windows Specifications section. Here, you can see the Windows 10 version that you are using currently on your PC. If it displays version 1803 or lower one, try updating your operating system using Windows Update Assistant.


We hope you are now able to get a dark theme on the File Explorer app. Microsoft is keen to bring changes to Windows 10 as per good suggestions or feedback from users. Hence, if you do notice any bug on your PC or want to get valid settings for any app, fill up their feedback form.


Soni Aryan

Soni Aryan

Soni Kumari is a tech enthusiast known for her expertise in how-to type topics and Windows troubleshooting articles. She loves exploring how to do things or tweaks in Android, iPhone, and other operating systems.