Microsoft recently released the Dark Mode for MS Office for Mac. While the Dark Mode sets the interface to dark color palette, the page area itself still remains white and the text is black.

How can I set the page to dark mode, i.e. dark page area and light font color?

Or does keeping the page area white follow some kind of Apple design guidelines? But again, in BBEdit you can select a theme with dark background and light text.


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The easiest way is to create a new template file:

File -> New Document

click on Design tab then click on Page Color icon and select More Colors. There, you can use a color picker to sample you favorite color (I picked #282a36 in the Dracula theme in BBEdit) and set this color as your page color. And after that, select

File -> Save as Template

and then Save. From now on, when you open Word, select

File -> New from Template

and select your template.

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  • 3
    What happens if you print such a document? Does is still print black text on white background?
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 19:33
  • @nohillside Good question. Just printed it and it printed black text on white paper. Same as saving as PDF - black on white.
    – ruslaniv
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 19:41

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