I’m in love with dark mode on my Windows 10 system, but too many Web sites are still designed around a white background. Is there a way to force them to a dark background too?
After years and years of us reading black letters on a white background, who isn’t a fan of being able to switch things up on our computers and have light text on a dark background instead? If you use the computer at night or in a dark place, dark mode is a great match too, and I won’t say too much about the irony of early computer terminals being white or green text on black. Everything old is new again, right?
Dark mode has come out of nowhere to suddenly be popular in a variety of programs and operating systems, actually. Three years ago we had few options other than picking a dark third party background theme and hoping it’d work consistently across the interface, but Windows 10 has some easy settings you can tweak as desired. Not only that, but so does Microsoft Edge. And Edge has some secrets up its sleeve, including third party extensions (always with the third party!) that do let you actually change the color scheme of Web sites.
Now, as a Web site owner, I will say that you’re kind of on your own with a program that just changes site colors because there are a lot of elements in question, not just text vs. background. For example, what about the color of links? Links you’ve already clicked on once? In-line graphics and images? Buttons?
Anyway, let’s see how it works then you can experiment with it for the sites you frequent. To start, Microsoft Edge for Win10:
As you can see in Settings > General there’s the ability to choose from Light or Dark theme. Notice the background page, Bing.com, is the dull, dull, dull black on white of 99% of the Web.
Change theme and the frame does indeed update, though the page is still glaringly white:
Since Bing doesn’t have themes itself, it’s time to check out some of the Microsoft Edge extensions. Jump into the Microsoft Store and just look at the Edge extensions:
See that “Night Eye” extension? That’s what we want. If you don’t see it, search by name and it’ll pop up.
As an aside, I love the extension icon. Very cool!
To download and install this is simple: Click on “Get”.
and after a very short amount of time – it’s small – you’ll see this:
What’s great is that you don’t have to click Launch if you already have Microsoft Edge working: it’ll have just shown up as a new button on the top right of the main toolbar. Super easy. All you have to do is turn it on, as the pop-up will inform you:
That’s it. Now it’ll automatically analyze the main color scheme of a site and try to force a dark mode palette. In the case of a site like Bing, it works really well:
Not every site will work so well, but you can always disable Night Eye on a specific site directly from the extension window. It’s a simple and elegant solution, actually.
Now to work on dark mode for AskDaveTaylor, right? 🙂
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