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Microsoft Outlook: How to turn on the new dark mode

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Microsoft Outlook is an email application that allows users to send and receive online messages, block spam, and essentially organize their personal and professional internet communication. Recently, the website launched a beta version that’s got the crisp look of its successor, but a few new tricks up its sleeve, including… the dark mode.

Too often, internet applications are one color: white. Although this allows for the best visibility during daytime, dark modes go easier on the eyes in low light situations. The modern tech enthusiast often requires the ability to work all times of day, so this new feature can be a lifesaver!

There are two quick ways to change the light/dark setting. Start at the main screen:

Remember, these settings are specific to the Beta, so reverting to the original version of Outlook won’t allow you to activate its dark mode.

The Fastest Path

To quickly change, hit the settings gear to enter the “Quick Settings” menu:

From here, click the “Dark Mode” slider, and behold the transformation!

The Full Path

Hit the diamond button on the top left to enter the “Full Settings” menu. Then, if you’re not there already, head into the “General” tab on the left and find the “Appearance” subsection:

Here, instead of just initiating dark mode, you can also select different looks for your top bar. Although, forewarning: only the blue version works when dark mode is on. But at least you know where to find the others!

The Result

The dark mode should now take over your screen:

Congratulations! Messaging a foreign business partner at 12 o’clock or submitting a late-night essay to your professor won’t hurt nearly as much. If you need to switch, remember the quick change only requires two simple clicks to get you back on maximum visibility.

We look forward seeing other improvements as Outlook Beta moves toward the final release!

 

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