How to Enable “Notepad++ Dark Mode” and “Notepad++ Dark Theme”?

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The open-source text editor, Notepad++ received a major update. Version 8.0 was released with new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Most notably, the App gets Dark mode, fluent icons on the toolbar, and offers an ARM64 build that works on Microsoft Surface devices. Here is how you can enable Dark Mode and Distraction Mode in Notepad++.

Enable Dark mode in Notepad++

Notepad++ with Dark Mode

Notepad++ Dark Mode v8.0

Without argument, Notepad++ is the most useful text editor out there.

Every application running on Windows 10 supports dark mode. You can name Web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge as an example.

If you work on Notepad++, the default white background may hurt your eyes. The developer has added Dark Mode to Notepad++ with version 8, here is how you can turn It on.

Enable Notepad++ Dark Mode for Windows 11/10

  1. Launch Notepad++
  2. Click on Settings > Preferences > Dark Mode
  3. Select “Enable Dark Mode”
  4. Restart Notepad++ to see the changes.

    Enable Dark Mode in Notepad++

    Enable dark mode Preference

Distraction Free Mode

Like WordPress Editor, Notepad++ now comes with Distraction Free Mode for writing, here is how you can turn it on.

How to Enable Distraction-Free Mode in Notepad++

  1. Click on View
  2. Select Distraction Free Mode
  3. Write code or text, and use Ctrl+S to save changes to the document
  4. Click on the + sign at the end to exit Distraction Free Mode.
    Notepad++ Distraction Free Mode

Bing is no longer available as a Search engine for the “Search on Internet” command in this version of Notepad++.

This version comes with tiny Fluent icons on the toolbar.  You can change their look by going to Settings > Preference> General > Toolbar.

You can find this version’s full changelog here.

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Summary: Notepad++ gained Dark Mode and Distraction Mode features, this article covers the steps required to enable them

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