Microsoft has always been user-oriented and is said to be currently working on improving the dark mode in Word to make it even darker. The software maker has also started testing an update to Word that will colour entire documents in a dark canvas.

Currently, Word has a dark mode that modifies the ribbon and toolbars, but the canvas stays bright white. The existing dark mode on Word dims the toolbar, ribbons and surrounding area of a page, tests are ongoing using a new dark mode which further blackens the canvas itself – giving users the option to switch between their preferred levels of darkness.

Microsoft Word Program Manager, Ali Forelli in an official Office Insider blog post, describes the update as a “long-requested feature” only made more pertinent by the ever-increasing amount of time we spend at our screens. “It has become increasingly important,” he said, “to reduce eye strain and accommodate light sensitivity.”

The new Microsoft darker mode will switch previously-white pages to charcoal grey. Also, the colours used in documents themselves will also be attuned. Reds, blues, yellows and other bright colours will be “lifted to mute the overall effect of the colour palette so that it matches with the new Microsoft Office darker mode.

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How To Enable Dark Mode in Microsoft

The Microsoft Office dak mode feature is only available if you have a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription. Here’s how you can enable Dark Mode in Microsoft Office

  • Click on the “File” menu at the top left corner of an Office application like Word, Excel, Outlook, or PowerPoint.
  • Click the “Account” option in the sidebar.
  • On the right, you will see “Office Theme” dropdown menu, here select your desired theme. The default theme in Office 2016 is “Colourful,” but you can change it to “White” or “Grey”.
  • To enable dark mode, select “Black” for the darkest possible Office style.

You can select a different “Office Background” here as well. For instance, if you don’t want to see a design behind Office’s ribbon bar, click the “Office Background” box and select “No Background.”

Users can also change their theme to “dark gray” on Office 2016 and Office 2013. To do so,

  • Go to File > Options > General > Office Theme.

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