This tutorial will guide you through the steps to enable dark mode in LibreOffice, which can help reduce your eye strain and improve productivity.
Dark mode is getting popular these days. In fact, most operating systems (Windows, MacOs, and GNU/Linux) now support a system-wide dark theme. And seeing the ongoing trend LibreOffice has finally introduced the support for dark mode in all of its applications, including Writer, Calc, Impress and others.
When you enable dark mode in LibreOffice, the toolbar and the surrounding area around your document will have a dark background. However, if needed, you also have the option to make the document itself dark as well.
Quick Note: Although LibreOffice have a dark mode, in my own testing, I found that it looks way better on GNU/Linux-based operating systems compared to Windows or Mac.
How to Enable Dark Mode in LibreOffice
Step 1: Open LibreOffice.
Step 2: Click Tools > Options from the top menu-bar, or press Alt + F12 on the keyboard. (If you’ve activated the Tabbed UI, then select the Tools tab, and on the right-side you’ll find the Options… button.)
Step 3: Once the Options dialog opens, navigate to LibreOffice > Personalization, then select Pre-installed Theme > (any of the six themes)
Step 4. Now, navigate to Application Colors > select the LibreOffice Dark scheme.
Step 5. By default, LibreOffice sets the document and application background to dark grey, but you can change the color if you prefer.
Step 6. Navigate to LibreOffice > View, and select Sifr (dark) from the Icon style drop-down menu.
Tip: If the Sifr (dark) option is not visible, you may need to install a new icon style package. You can install a dark icon style in LibreOffice through its extension manager.
Step 7. Once done, click Apply > OK.
That’s all, below are screenshots of the Writer, Calc after enabling the dark mode.
If you’ve followed the above steps correctly, you should have successfully enabled dark mode in LibreOffice. In any case, you need to disable the dark mode, just go to the Personalization and Application Colors in the option dialog and click on the Reset button next to Apply.