Edge Canary: Dark Mode

Edge CanaryMicrosoft have recently announced they are ditching the current version of their Edge browser in favour of a Chromium based browser. In this series, I am going to take a look at the Canary version of this new browser.

Microsoft have been adding dark modes to other applications and websites, but have unfortunately not done so with the new Edge. At the least I’d expect it to respect the Windows themes settings, if not to have a separate option within the browser.

The other way this might be handled is via a theme, but Edge doesn’t seem to support themes. I did try to install a theme from the Chrome Web Store and an error was produced.

Adding a dark mode or support for themes may be on the Microsoft roadmap for Edge, but I’ve not been able to find any information on this.

Install New Theme In Notepad++

Notepad++I did a post a little while ago on changing the theme in Notepad++, which was brought about by preferring to use dark themes in a lot of apps (such as Outlook.com and here on azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant). With Notepad++ I’ve found that I don’t actually like any of the default dark themes so took a look round to see if I could add a new one.

Fortunately, it is possible and there are a number of themes people have created which can be downloaded and used. In this post, I’m going to show how to install and use a new theme.

The theme I have decided to try is Dracula:

Dracula: A dark theme for Notepad++ and 50+ apps

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Changing Themes in Notepad++

Notepad++I’ve Started using Dark Modes on lots of applications and websites, when available (such as on Outlook.com and here on azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant. One of the applications I wanted to do this on was Notepad++, but I struggled to find the themes section to make the change.

The problem was that I suffered from a bit of tunnel vision when looking for the option. I was looking for themes, when I should have been looking for styles; specifically the Style Configurator:

Notepad++ Settings menu showing the Style Configurator

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Dark Mode for azurecurve Launched

azurecurveDark Modes for websites are becoming more common and I find myself using them more and more often. I’ve done some development work and a dark mode is now available for azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant.

To enable, or disable dark mode, use the drop down select box in the Change Mode widget in the sidebar (ringed in red):

Dark Mode Enable

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