How to activate dark mode in Windows 10 from the context menu

dark mode

While users continue to wait for Microsoft to launch an option that allows us to program the operation of dark mode in Windows 10, we continue to be forced to resort to third-party applications. The problem is that some of these, do not work as they should and quickly start to show instabilities.

Today we propose a new function that allows us turn dark mode on and off in Windows 10, but, unlike other options in the form of an application, we are going to create a kind of application that is integrated into the Windows registry, so it will never stop working and also, it will be displayed in the context menu of Windows 10.

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  • The first thing we must do is open the application Notepad and paste the following text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ DesktopBackground \ Shell \ WindowsMode]
"Icon" = "themecpl.dll, -1"
"MUIVerb" = "Windows mode"
«Position» = »Bottom»
«SubCommands» = »»

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ DesktopBackground \ Shell \ WindowsMode \ shell \ 001flyout]
«MUIVerb» = »Light theme»
"Icon" = "imageres.dll, -5411"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ DesktopBackground \ Shell \ WindowsMode \ shell \ 001flyout \ command]
@ = »Reg Add HKCU \\ SOFTWARE \\ Microsoft \\ Windows \\ CurrentVersion \\ Themes \\ Personalize / v SystemUsesLightTheme / t REG_DWORD / d 1 / f»

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ DesktopBackground \ Shell \ WindowsMode \ shell \ 002flyout]
"Icon" = "imageres.dll, -5412"
«MUIVerb» = »Dark theme»

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ DesktopBackground \ Shell \ WindowsMode \ shell \ 002flyout \ command]
@ = »Reg Add HKCU \\ SOFTWARE \\ Microsoft \\ Windows \\ CurrentVersion \\ Themes \\ Personalize / v SystemUsesLightTheme / t REG_DWORD / d 0 / f»

  • Next, click on File - Save As.
  • In Type, we select All files.
  • Finally, we write the name with which we want to establish this function with the extension .reg and save it on the desktop so that we can have it at hand.
  • Next, we double click on the file and confirm that we want to open it.
  • Next, a message will be displayed informing us that we are going to add changes to the Windows Registry, so that our computer may stop working. Click on Yes.
  • Finally, a message will be displayed informing us that these values ​​have been added to the registry.

From this moment, when we are on the Windows desktop, when we click on the right button of the mouse, a new menu will be displayed (the image found in the header of the article) called Windows mode, which will allow us to quickly switch between dark mode and light mode.

If we want the menu to be shown in Spanish, we can change the words Windows mode, Light theme and Dark theme in the file that we create with Notepad for Windows Modes, Light theme and Dark theme, since these words do not affect the operation, but their only function is to inform to the user of the function.


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