Windows 10 comes with a built-in dark theme, but there are
still some major Microsoft apps that have yet to gain a true
dark appearance. Microsoft Word for Windows 10 is now the
latest to roll out a dark theme and it also follows the
operating system’s built-in theme preference.
For years, Microsoft Word has lived somewhere between
colourful, light and dark theme on Windows 10 and other
platforms. MS Word’s buttons, menu items in the Ribbon, search,
and Settings pane have always been fairly dark if you use the
dark mode, but now a proper dark version of Word is coming soon
to Windows 10.
Like other first-party apps, Microsoft Word is now switching to
a darker dark theme and it looks much better.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the new dark mode now
applies to all areas including the document area (blank section
of a Word where you type words) and search box.
This new look will be easier on your eyes and it also makes
menu items and shelf stand out.
Note that you can always switch between Colorful, Dark Gray,
Classic White and the improved Black theme from Settings.
For those unaware, you can change the theme of Office apps by
following these steps:
- Open Word, Excel or any Office program.
- Open the File menu.
- Tap on the ‘Account’ option.
- You can select the theme of choice under the “Office Theme”
The new dark theme, which now applies everywhere, is currently
in the early days of development and it will begin rolling out
to everyone later this year or early next year, but you can get
it now by joining the Office Insider program.
The updated Black theme will be released to users with Office
2016 and Office 365 subscriptions.
It’s also worth noting that
Microsoft is working on another Office suite update for Windows
10 that will enable support for a new Editor pane in
Microsoft Word, Data Visualizer in Excel, and more.