Turn Dark Mode on or off in OneNote for Windows 10

Note: Dark Mode in OneNote for Windows 10 is being released on a gradual roll-out basis and may not have made its way to your computer or device as of yet. For more information, see “I’m not seeing some of the updates mentioned here” in What’s new in OneNote for Windows 10.


Dark Mode in OneNote for Windows 10 changes the app’s interface elements from light to dark.

Using OneNote in this mode can improve readability in low light environments, increase legibility of the user interface as well as your notes, provide better contrast, and reduce eye strain.

You might also use OneNote in Dark Mode simply as a personal preference. The choice is yours!


Animation showing Dark Mode in OneNote for Windows 10 being turned on and off

Turn Dark Mode on or off

In OneNote for Windows 10, do the following:

  1. In the upper right corner of the app window, click the Settings and More button Settings and More button in OneNote , click Settings, and then click Options.

  2. In the Options pane that opens, under Color, do one of the following:

    • Select Light to use OneNote in its default Light Mode.

    • Select Dark to use OneNote in Dark Mode.

    • Select Use my Windows Mode if you want OneNote to inherit your existing color preference setting from Windows 10.

      Note: To view or change your current Windows 10 color setting, click Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors, and then select your preference from the Choose your color menu.

Dark Mode in OneNote aims to display your notes and content at the same visibility and contrast as it would appear in Light Mode. To achieve this, OneNote provides a “Dark Mode lens” of sorts, through which you’re able to view the content on your pages (text colors, table cell background colors, ink colors, and text highlighters) with the same fidelity as if you were viewing it in the default Light Mode.

The main benefit of this approach is that any content you create in OneNote while in Dark Mode will be equally as legible for other collaborators in your notebook, who may be viewing the same pages in Light Mode.

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