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How to Turn Off Dark Mode on Word: 2 Easy Fixes

If you’re a frequent user of Microsoft Office apps, you’d agree with me that dark mode is poorly implemented across the suites, especially Word. Except maybe with tired eyes at night, I hate to read white texts on a dark background, let alone write on it.

The idea of it just doesn’t make sense during the day, and the poor rendition of the feature isn’t helping either. Thankfully, Word, like other Office suites, has an in-house option to disable dark mode. Therefore, if dark mode enabled itself automatically on your Word app and its feel and outlook don’t sit well with you, you’ll find this tutorial helpful to get rid of it.

Read on below to find out.


How to Disable Dark Mode on Word

There are two methods to turn off dark mode on Word. The first method allows you to disable the feature on your current device, while the other will disable the feature across all devices synced to your Microsoft account.

I bet you’re most likely interested in turning off dark mode on Word for just one PC, so we’ll discuss the former method first.

How to Turn Off Dark Mode on Your Current Device

This method is hassle-free and easy to follow. Use the steps below:

  • Launch Microsoft Word
  • Click on the File tab at the top menu
  • Navigate to the bottom of the left pane and click on Options
  • You’ll find yourself in the Word Options window. Scroll down in the General tab to the drop-down next to Office Theme
  • Once you’ve clicked on the drop-down, click on either Classic or Colorful
  • Click OK to save all changes

Disabling dark mode on your Microsoft account

Using this method means dark mode will be disabled on your current device and any other device on which your Microsoft account is logged in. Therefore, you’ll notice the changes on any other device you also have once dark mode is disabled on Word.

Use the steps below:

  • Launch Microsoft Word
  • Click on File at the top menu, then scroll down to the bottom of the left pane
  • Click on Account
  • In the Accounts menu, scroll down a bit to the drop-down under Office Theme
  • Click on the drop-down and select Classic or Colorful from the options

Ensure you’re connected to the internet when using this option to enable the changes made to sync across the devices using your account. With that done, dark mode will be gone on all devices connected to your Microsoft account.

Final Notes

I hope the methods I’ve demonstrated above help you in disabling dark mode on your Microsoft Word app. However, it’s worth noting that using the second method demonstrated above means that dark mode will be disabled on other Office suites connected to your account. What this translates to is that you can’t disable the dark mode feature on Word alone. The dark mode feature will be disabled on apps such as Excel as well if you use the second method. 

If you found this article helpful, you may want to check how to disable dark mode on Chrome

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