Microsoft Sees The Light In New Windows 10 Themes

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While Dark Mode seems to be all the rage with software makers, Microsoft is bucking the trend. Although there is a dark mode option in Windows 10 (Edge and Microsoft Office have their own dar modes if you don't want to go dark system-wide), they are offering a new Light Mode in the latest test build of Windows 10.

The test build of Windows 10 19H1 offers up a Windows Light theme. Windows 10 test build No. 18282 has gone out to Fast Ring Insiders this week and dishes up a new theme that lightens the appearance across the entire operating system.

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The new build also fixes a number of issues such as a bug with setting Win32 programs as the default for certain files and making the Pause Updates option easier to find - that's found at Settings | Update and Security | Windows Update in the new build.

The Windows Snip tool also gets some updates. A Delay Snip was added recently and that's now accompanied by the ability to capture a specific window.

The Printing dialogs get a spruce up as well with some options, that were previously buried, being brought forward to make them more accessible as well as Light Theme support and long printer names are now wrapped so you can see them fully rather than truncated - that's a handy fix for those with long network printer names.

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There are several other changes, detailed in a blog post.


    If they can get this right, and use the same framework as the dark theme, then maybe in the future they'll be able to introduce a slider so you can set how dark you want it, from black to white. Then introduce hue and saturation sliders so you can make it whatever colour you want.

      When real-time raytracing becomes standard and then incorporated into the Windows UI, you'll be able to set the theme by turning virtual lights on and off. :)

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