Dark mode is designed to protect your eyes while using any device. While we’re not sure how medically accurate that statement is, it makes browsing enjoyable. If you’re also a fan of dark mode and OneNote is your app of choice, you can enable OneNote’s dark mode for Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS apps.
One of the best note-taking applications, OneNote, usually comes bundled with Microsoft. With this app you can create notes, tasks, to-do lists and more. So, to improve your OneNote experience, read on to change it to dark mode.
Note: Make sure you’re running the latest version of OneNote before following the steps below.
How to change OneNote to dark mode in Windows app
To enable dark mode in the OneNote Windows app, simply go to the account settings and change the app’s theme color. To do this, follow the steps below.
Note: This will change the theme color for all Microsoft apps connected to this Microsoft account.
Step 1: Open OneNote and click File.
Step 2: Then go to the Account tab and click on the Office theme drop-down menu.
Step 3: Choose Black from the options to enable dark mode.
Note: If you select “Use System Preferences” and your desktop is running in Light mode.
This will enable dark mode for the entire OneNote Windows app. In addition, you can also enable dark mode for just the side panel, regardless of your overall OneNote theme. Here’s how to do it.
How to enable dark mode for side panel only
Step 1: In OneNote, click View on the menu bar.
Step 2: Click Change Background.
Dark mode is now enabled for your OneNote side canvas.
How to put OneNote in dark mode on macOS
While the OneNote Windows app lets you change your theme colors, on macOS you’ll need to change your system settings to get dark mode on OneNote. Here’s how to do it.
Note: This will enable dark mode for all features and apps on your macOS device.
Step 1: In Spotlight search, type settings and open System Preferences from the search results.
Step 2: Click Appearance here.
Step 3: Click Dark.
Tip: You can also click Auto if you want to automatically turn on light mode during the day and dark mode at night.
Once this is done, the OneNote app will run in dark mode.
How to enable dark mode in the OneNote Android app
There are two ways to enable dark mode in the OneNote Android app. The first is through the OneNote Android app settings and the other is through your device’s settings menu. Follow the steps below to enable OneNote’s dark mode with both.
Method 1: Using OneNote Preferences
Step 1: Open the OneNote app on your device.
Step 2: Tap on your profile icon.
Step 3: Then tap on Settings.
Step 4: Tap on Theme.
Step 5: Select Dark from the options.
This will enable dark mode in the OneNote Android app.
Method 2: Using your device’s settings
If your OneNote app theme is set to System Default, changing your Android device’s theme to dark mode will also enable it in the OneNote app. Here’s how to do it.
Note: This will enable dark mode for all apps and features on your Android device.
Step 1: Open Settings.
Step 2: Now scroll down and tap on Display.
Step 3: Tap on Dark.
Once this is done, the OneNote app will automatically switch to dark mode. You can also read our other article to learn more about how to manage dark mode on Samsung Galaxy phones.
How to put OneNote iOS app in dark mode
If you change your iOS device’s setting to dark mode, dark mode is automatically turned on in the OneNote iOS app as well. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Open your device’s settings menu.
Step 2: From here, tap on “Display & Brightness”.
Step 3: Then tap on Dark.
Once this is done, your OneNote iOS app will also go into dark mode. Since this enables dark mode system-wide, read our other article if you want to know how to disable dark mode on iPad and iPhone.
Frequently asked questions about using dark mode in OneNote 1. Is it possible to turn off dark mode in OneNote?
Yes, you can turn off dark mode in OneNote. Depending on your device, just follow the above steps and choose the light mode instead of the dark mode. If you’re using the OneNote app, change the theme colors to Light or Colorful, depending on what’s available.
2. Will this enable dark mode in all my Microsoft apps?
When you turn on OneNote dark mode through the Office Theme option, dark mode is turned on for all connected Microsoft apps. However, if you use your device’s settings to put OneNote in dark mode, it might not affect the other Microsoft apps.
Protect your eyes with dark mode
These are all the ways you can enable OneNote Dark Mode and protect your eyes from straining while using your device. You can also browse our other article to learn how to enable dark mode in Microsoft Outlook Android and iOS app.