Windows 10’s File Explorer Is Getting a Dark Theme

Posted on April 21, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows 10 with 19 Comments

Microsoft is working on bringing a dark theme to the full-fledged File Explorer in Windows 10. In the latest Redstone 5 build, there’s a hidden dark theme for the File Explorer which you can enable using the tool we released last week.

The dark theme for the File Explorer is in its very early stages from the looks of things. It only works for the sidebar of the File Explorer, and the majority of the app is still using the light theme. It shouldn’t take too long before more of the app starts implementing the dark theme, which has been a request from a lot of users and Insiders.

File Explorer is one of the main parts of the OS that still doesn’t support Windows 10’s dark theme. Even though Microsoft has been introducing a dark theme for most of its modern apps and parts of the OS, the dark theme has been mostly incompetent at offering a consistent user-interface. Even across Microsoft’s own UWP apps, the dark theme is consistent.

While many expected Microsoft to launch a dark themed File Explorer with a modern UWP-based version of the app, it seems like Redmond isn’t yet ready to completely rebuild File Explorer from the ground up. The new theme, if finalised, should come to the public later this year when Microsoft releases the Redstone 5 update.

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