Google Docs defaults to a light theme in most cases, but there’s an easy way to enable dark mode on Android, iPhone, iPad, and even Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge while typing on your computer. We’ll show you how.
While we’re going to focus on Google Docs, you should know that the steps are exactly the same for Google Sheets and Google Slides.
Google Chrome on desktop (windows, MacY Linux) allows you to enable dark mode in Google Docs (but remember that this method forces dark mode on all websites). Follow these steps, but note that, at the time of writing, it’s hidden behind a Chrome flag.
Warning: This feature is not available to everyone for a reason. The flags may not work properly and may negatively affect the performance of your browser. Enable flags at your own risk.
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In the address bar at the top of your Google Chrome browser, type
Use the search box at the top to search for “dark mode”.
Click the dropdown menu next to Force dark mode for web content and select “Enabled.”
Chrome will show you a message asking you to restart the browser to apply these changes. Make sure you don’t have any unsaved work in the browser, and then click “Reset”.
Open the Google Docs website and you will see that the page color is now black and the font color is now white.
Enable dark mode in Google Docs in Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome isn’t the only browser that allows you to forcefully enable a dark mode – most browsers built on Chromium will support the dark mode. dark mode indicator, including Microsoft Edge.
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edge://flags in the address bar and press Enter.
Type “dark mode” in the search bar at the top.
Click the dropdown menu next to “Auto dark mode for web content,” then select “Enabled.”
Click “Restart” in the pop-up window that appears at the bottom.
Microsoft Edge will force as many websites as it can to display in dark mode. Just keep in mind that not all websites are designed to display in dark mode, so some content may not display correctly.
The Google Docs app on Android other iPhone allows you to quickly switch between light and dark themes. If you have enabled system-wide dark mode on Android or iPhone, Google Docs will have it enabled by default. However, if you want dark mode only in Google Docs, here’s what to do.
Open Google Docs and tap on the three line menu icon in the top left corner.
Then select “Settings”.
Now, choose the “Theme” option, which will let you choose the dark mode. This option is called “Choose Theme” on Android.
All documents in Google Docs will now open in dark mode. However, you can view the documents with a light theme if you wish. To do that, open any document in Google Docs and tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
Tap “View in light theme.”
The Google Docs app UI will still be in dark mode, but the page itself will be in light mode, with a standard white background and black text. The setting only applies to the current document: if you close the document and reopen it, you’ll be back in dark mode. The setting also does not affect other documents.
Now that you’ve started using Google Docs, you need to figure out how to view recent changes to your documents. While you’re at it, you should also check out how to use voice typing in Google Docs.
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