How to turn off Dark Mode in Excel App for Mac

Microsoft Excel as seen on Mac in Dark Mode

If you are using Microsoft Excel on a Mac computer and do not want it to be in Dark Mode, well here is a way you can get it into Light Mode.

Steps-By-Step: Turn off Dark Mode

Below are 3 easy steps to follow, have added screenshots to the steps so it's easy to follow if you are new to Mac/Excel.

  • Step 1: On the Menu select Excel -> Preferences...
    Excel Preferences on Mac
  • Step 2: Now click on General under Authoring
    Excel Preferences - General on Mac
  • Step 3: Under Personalise Section check: "Turn off Dark Mode"
    Option to turn off Dark Mode in Excel on Mac
Microsoft Excel as seen on Mac in Light Mode

Why was Excel in Dark Mode?

Most of us are used to at look at those spreadsheets in the light background of white and black fonts (me included :D)

Well, nowadays most of the applications will be in the dark or light theme based on the System Settings. If your Mac/Macbook is set to Dark Mode, so will all Microsoft Applications - Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

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