How to Add Dark/Light mode Option in Windows 11 Right-Click Menu

Add Dark/Light mode Option in Windows 11 Right-Click Menu

With the launch of Windows 11, we got to see a lot of new features and UI elements. Microsoft has totally revamped their animations and UI design language. Microsoft has also added an enhanced dark mode which works pretty well. However, to choose between dark or light mode for your PC, currently, you need to go to the settings and then themes. But, in this post, we will guide you on how to add the dark and light mode options in the Windows 11 right-click menu. With the latest iteration of Windows 11, Microsoft provides a tonne of UI customizations and tweaking. Such as changing the accent colours, tweaking the transparency level, or switching between Dark and light modes for the whole OS. In this post, we will be discussing how you can add the Dark/Light mode Option in Windows 11 Right-Click Menu so that you can easily switch between the modes.

Since Microsoft is yet to provide an auto-switching between dark and light mode according to a schedule, and if you switch between dark and light mode pretty often, then the task to switch is a pretty long one. Heading over to the settings >> Personalization >> COlors >> Choosing the mode and then selecting the desired theme. If you think it’s a long process and want something quick and easy. Well, follow through with the guide to directly add the option to switch between dark and light mode from the Windows 11 right-click menu from the desktop only.

How to Add Dark/Light Mode in Windows 11 Right-click Menu

To add the dark and light mode option in Windows 11 Right-click menu, you need to change some registry files, so make sure to take a backup of your registry files before you begin changing them. Also, there are two different types of registry scripts that will add the option. The first script will add the light/dark mode option for the taskbar and start menu. While the other script will add the theme option for the system apps like File explorer, settings etc. You can add both the scripts or either of them, it is up to you.

Adding Dark/Light Mode option for the taskbar and start menu

  1. On your desktop, right-click and then select New >> Text Document.
  2. Next, you need to copy-paste the below command inside that notepad file that you just created.
    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"
  3. Now, go to FIles>> Save As and then change Save as Type to All Files.
  4. Rename the file to Windows Mode and add .reg at the end of the name to make it Windows mode.reg. Hit the Save button to save it on the desktop.
  5. Open the file that you just saved and click on YES in the confirmation dialogue box. Now, the registry values have been added.
  6. Right-click on your Desktop and then select show more options.
  7. You should now see the Dark and Light themes under the Window mode option.

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For Windows 11 Apps

In a similar way create a new document and then copy-paste the below command into that document.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\AppMode]
"Icon"="themecpl.dll,-1"
"MUIVerb"="App mode"
"Position"="Bottom"
"SubCommands"=""

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\AppMode\Shell\001flyout\command]
@="Reg Add HKCU\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Themes\\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f"

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\AppMode\Shell\002flyout\command]
@="Reg Add HKCU\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Themes\\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f"

  • Now, go to the file >> Save As and then change Save as Type to All Files.
  • Rename the file to App Mode.reg and press the Save button.
  • Open the file that you just saved, and click on yes when a prompt appears to confirm the changes to the registry.

That’s it, you have added the registry values that are required to add the option to change the dark/light mode in the Windows 11 right-click menu.

Now, to check you can right-click on the desktop and click on show more options. You will see a new option that says App Mode inside that you will be able to choose light/dark mode.

 

MZ

Maaz Perwez, founder of TheTecheaven, being a technophile loves to write about what's happening in the technical world, aims to deliver the finest & most researched content to the audience through this platform.

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