Here at How-To Geek we love dark mode and use it a lot. If you’re an Office user who wants a darker experience, here’s how to turn dark mode on in the Outlook web app.
Dark mode is only available in the new modern Outlook design. If you haven’t opted-in to this yet, it’ll soon be there automatically for you, as Microsoft has announced that it will be moving everyone over to the new experience over the next few months.
To turn dark mode on, click on the Settings cog in the top right, and switch on the Dark Mode option.
That’s all there is to it. The app instantly turns to dark mode, which is a lot kinder on the eyes after the previous all-white incarnation.
If you want the reading pane, and just the reading pane, to be white, there is a toggle in the selected email that lets you do this.
Click on this to toggle the body of the email between light and dark, if you find dark text on a light background easier to read.
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If you use the Outlook client, you can turn on dark mode for that too, along with the rest of the Office apps. However, if you want dark mode in your Office mobile app then at the moment you’re out of luck. The latest mobile operating system versions are Android Q and iOS 13, both of which have a dark mode, but the Outlook app isn’t affected by them. But it looks as if Microsoft is working towards a dark mode on its iOS app, which usually means the same Android functionality will be added as well. We’ll keep you posted if and when it turns up.
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