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To turn on dark mode for Gmail (or the entire Chrome mode)



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You may have seen the news that Outlook.com has a new dark mode and thought, "That's all well and good, but I use Gmail like everyone else." Where is my webmail dark mode? " I have good and bad news for you.

The good news? Gmail does not have one, but two options for the dark mode.

The bad news? Gmail's darker modes are superficial; bright white backgrounds are just below the surface.

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Gmail dark mode

To turn on Gmail dark mode, click the gear icon in the top right corner and select Themes . Scroll to the section below the photo topics and select either Dark or Terminal .

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One theme has a black background with white text, while the "Terminal" theme has a slightly darker black tone. However, no topic retains its black background when you open an email or click Create to start a new message. In both cases, you will be greeted by the standard formatting with a bright, white background that can be annoying when reviewing your inbox in dark mode.

Dark Mode for Chrome as a Whole

Unlike Gmail, Google's Chrome browser does not have a built-in dark mode. However, there is an extension that lets you enable dark mode for any webpage, including Gmail. It's also great for Google Drive, which does not have a built-in dark mode option.

Install the dark mode extension for Chrome, and a small button appears in the upper-right corner of the browser. Click to enter (and then exit) the dark mode for each webpage.

The dark mode extension works well with Gmail and allows you to compose and read e-mail messages in dark mode. You can also choose from a variety of dark themes in the extension's options.

More information: 7 Gmail Tips Every E-Mailer Should Know


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