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 enable dark mode in Outlook Web App.

Dark mode is only available in the new modern Outlook design. If you haven’t turned on the feature yet, it will be automatic for you soon as Microsoft has announced that over the next few months it will bring everyone to the new experience.

To enable Dark Mode, click the Settings icon in the top right corner and turn on the Dark Mode option.

The Outlook preference pane, with the

That’s all there is to it. The app instantly switches to dark mode, which is much more pleasing to the eye after the previous all-white incarnation.

Outlook Web App appears in dark mode

If you want the reading area and just the reading area to be white, there is a toggle in the selected email that allows you to do so.

Reading panel with dedicated light/dark toggle.

Click this button to switch the email text between light and dark if dark text on a light background is easier to read.

RELATED: How to enable dark mode for Gmail

If you are using the Outlook client, you can also enable dark mode along with the rest of the Office applications. However, if you want to use dark mode in your Office mobile app, then you’re out of luck. The latest versions of mobile operating systems are Android Q and iOS 13, both of which have dark mode, but the Outlook app does not depend on them. But it looks like Microsoft is working on a dark mode on its iOS app, which usually means the same Android features will be added. We’ll keep you posted if and when it arrives.

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