Currently, Microsoft Word has a dark mode that darkens the toolbars and ribbons, however, the canvas still looks bright and white. That said, Microsoft is reportedly working on a more comprehensive dark mode for Word, that will cover the entire document in a dark canvas.

According to reports, Microsoft Word will soon get a new update, that will allow users to switch the canvas into the dark mode as well. To enable this new look, users just need to activate the Black Office theme in Microsoft Word, and then click the switch modes button in the ribbon to replace the usual white canvas with a dark one.

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Full Dark Mode in Microsoft Word

“As we log long hours with our screens, it has become increasingly important to reduce eye strain and accommodate light sensitivity. Therefore, we’ve extended the Black Office theme to now include your document canvas as well. This has been a long-requested feature from many of Officer Insiders and we’re excited to make it happen,” said Ali Forelli, a program manager on Microsoft’s Word team.

He further added, “With Dark mode, you’ll notice that the previously white page color is now a dark grey/black. Colors within your document will also be shifted to accommodate the new color contrast. Indeed, reds, blues, yellows, and other colors will be shifted slightly to mute the overall effect of the color palette and look more visually pleasing with the new dark background.”

However, if you still want to keep the canvas white, just head over to the settings screen in Microsoft Word and check the option that reads, “Disable dark’ next to the Black Office theme.

As of now, this darker mode is only available to beta testers of Microsoft Office 365. Besides, Microsoft also notes that users might have to wait a while before this feature becomes available for everyone.

However, users with an active Office 365 subscription can go to File> Account in an Office app and select the Office Insider tile, to try out the new feature.