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How to Schedule Automatic Dark Mode on Windows 10

More apps and software are turning towards the Dark Mode. Whether it really saves battery is a matter of debate, but one stands clear: it definitely eases the eye-strain caused by the projecting while lights from the display. As a result, Microsoft also recently introduced the Dark Mode feature on Windows 10. This could manually be enabled by going to the Settings > Personalization > ColorsChoose your default app mode > Dark. But the next time you wish to turn off the Dark Mode, you will have to manually perform all these steps over again. However, there exists a native scheduler that allows to schedule the automatic Dark Mode on Windows 10 based on the time of the day. Let’s see how this could be achieved. Also, do check out the steps to Enable Night Mode for all Websites.

Scheduling Dark Mode on Windows 10

The steps to do so wouldn’t be carried out via any third-party app or software. Rather, we would be taking the help of Windows’ own Task Scheduler application. Also, enabling this dark mode wouldn’t have any effect as such on applications like the Chrome browser. It themes the device’s own sections like Settings, Explorer, etc. With that said, here are the steps to schedule automatic dark mode in Windows 10, beginning with the former. On that note, check out the steps Create Automatic System Restore Point Daily on Windows 10.

Steps to Schedule Dark Mode

  1. Search for the Task Scheduler app and subsequently open it.
    create dark mode task
  2. Head over to the Action tab and click on Create Basic Task.
  3. In the Create Basic Task Wizard, give this task a name. For easy understanding, let’s name it Dark Mode. The description field is optional. You may leave it blank as well. Click Next.
    task name
  4. You’ll now have to schedule this Dark Mode task in Windows 10. Chose Daily.
    daily dark mode task
  5. Next, enter the time at which you wish to schedule the automatic enable of Dark Mode. Leave the date as it is and click Next.
    dark mode time
  6. Under the Actions to be performed dialog, choose the Start a Program option.
    start a program
  7. Now, enter Reg in the Program/Script section. Then enter the below command in the Add Argument field and click Next.
    add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    dark mode command

  8. Go through all the entered details once and click Finish to finalize your decision. However, for further modification, don’t click Finish and please refer to the below paragraph.
    finish process

So these were the steps to schedule Dark Mode on Windows 10. If your PC  is switched off during the aforementioned time, the task wouldn’t be executed. Hence the next time you turn on the PC, Dark Mode wouldn’t be enabled. To overcome this situation, tick mark the Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click Finish option before clicking on Finish.

Now, in the Settings dialog box that opens, checkmark the option: Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed. Doing so will enable the dark mode the next time you open your PC after missing the schedule. Now that we have discussed the steps to schedule automatic Dark Mode in Windows 10, let’s discuss the steps to modify or delete it.

Modify the Dark Mode Schedule

edit dark mode

If you wish to alter the setting of the Scheduled Dark Mode in Windows 10, here are the steps to be followed. You could customize the action, date, time or altogether delete this schedule using the below instructions. Also, have a look at the steps to Disable Automatic Driver Updates on Windows 10.

  1. Open the Task Scheduler app.
  2. From the left menu bar, click on the Task Scheduler Library.
  3. From the long list of tasks, search for Dark Mode (or whatever name you gave to that task).
  4. You could now modify the selected task via the Action menu situated at the right. For further customizations to the selected task’s rule, click on the Properties option and make the desired changes.

Creating a Light Mode Schedule

So you have determined the time to schedule the Dark Mode on your Windows 10 laptop or PC. But you probably wouldn’t want it to be kept enabled forever. For example, many users prefer to use the Light Mode during the daytime and then switch it to Dark at night. If you wish to do the same, then here are the steps to be followed. On the other hand, if you no longer wish to use Cortana on your Windows 10 laptop, here are the steps to disable Cortana.

The first few steps are near-about identical up until the point you entered the time, i.e Step 5. In this section, now enter the desired time at which you wish to enable the Light Mode and turn off the scheduled automatic dark mode. Further modifications are required in Step 7. In the Program/Script section, enter Reg. Whereas, enter the below slightly modified command in the Add Argument field and hit Enter.

add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

On that note, we conclude this guide on how to schedule automatic dark mode on Windows 10. We also discussed the steps to disable this mode or make changes to it. Do drop in your queries, if any, in the comments section below.

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