How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode in LibreOffice

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.)

Click on the image to enlarge.

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.

Dark mode in LibreOffice Writer On GNU/Linux
Dark mode in LibreOffice Calc on GNU/Linux.

Wrapping Up

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.

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Mike Freeman
Mike Freeman
July 8, 2023 6:36 PM

Good article! The only problem I’m finding is that any UI icons that are disabled (such as the Undo icon when nothing has been typed yet, for example) are so lightly shaded that it’s almost impossible to tell by looking at them which ones are disabled and which ones are usable. Is there a way to change the shade of gray the disabled icons use? Making them darker would be much better than the current situation. I’d post a screenshot to show you what I mean, but I can’t here. So hopefully what I’m saying is understandable.

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