A PDF (Portable Document Format) file is used for distributing read-only documents that keep the layout of the page. Normally PDF’s are used for manuals. eBooks, and different kinds of forms. Available cross-platform, PDF’s look the same on a Windows computer as it does on Mac.
There are several programs that read PDF files and most of them contain black text on a white background. But some of them also have the option to read the PDF files in Dark Mode. So, how to you enable Dark Mode in a PDF Reader?
Adobe Acrobat Reader
This is what you think about when you talk about PDF. Adobe created PDF’s decades ago and did so for two main reasons. Firstly, to help people open a document on any kind of hardware and operating system. Secondly, that the file would remain unchanged wherever it’s opened. So, how do you access Dark Mode in Adobe reader?
If you want to read a PDF file on Windows, you won’t be able to find a designated switch for Dark Mode. But this doesn’t mean that Dark Mode is unavailable. What you have to do is search around a bit to find a way to enable it. Here’s how:
- Go to the Edit menu.
- Select Preferences, then Accessibility.
- Click on the button next to “Use High Contrast Colors”.
- You have four options to choose from, one of which is “white text on black”.
- Apply the changes. Now every new PDF document will be opened in selected color combinations. And it will even display images without any color inversions.
iOS & Android
For anyone trying to read an eBook or a manual using their iPhone or iPad, good news – there’s a dedicated night mode option available. Just select the page-shaped icon and then turn on the switch you see next to Night Mode – which will instantly be applied.
Overall, it works great, but the downside is that it displays images in an inverted grayscale. And that’s not always what you’re looking for. On the other hand, maybe that’s compatible with the functionality of the Dark Mode. It reduces the color contrast.
Android also has allowed Dark Mode, which can be enabled by tapping the View icon at the top of the screen. Adobe PDF reader applies the night mode not only for the PDFs but for the entire theme too. in addition, it also displays images in grayscale.
Foxit PDF Reader
Foxit is another piece of software that allows you to read PDF files. It mainly competes with Adobe in terms of editing, but it also offers a free PDF reader app. It’s straightforward, easy to use, and also supports Dark Mode. Here’s how you enable it:
When you open a PDF in Windows, select “View” and then opt for “Night Mode”. The change will be instantaneous. If, however, the black background doesn’t seem to go well with certain images, you can use the Color Mode option. It’s within the same menu and allows you to switch between four shades of background color.
iOS & Android
For iOS supported devices, going to Dark Mode is very simple. All you need to do is tap the “View” icon and switch to Night Mode. There are plenty of predefined background colors to choose from. You can also customize the text and background color. There’s an Auto-Brightness feature with a slider that you can use for adjustments.
The Dark/Night Mode works pretty much the same in the Foxit Android app. Go to the “View” icon and there’s the Night Mode, ready to be switched on.
Is Dark Mode Better for Your Eyes?
Why is Dark Mode so important, anyway? Twitter was the first to introduce it. And then many other apps followed. There’s a reason why Dark Mode is more commonly known as Night Mode. It’s meant to be used at night, or in dark settings. During the day, the standard black text to the white background makes more sense.
But in the dark, especially if you’re lying in your bed scrolling for hours through social media, your eyes will love the Dark Mode more. In the main, because things have changed so much recently. For example, smartphone screens have gotten bigger and brighter.
You know how it feels when someone takes out their phone in a dark movie theater and the brightness is blinding? It’s not comfortable. And whilst the science isn’t conclusive about the actual health benefits of Dark Mode for your eyes, many people find it far less strenuous. And it’s supposed to be better for your battery as well. And battery life is still one of those things smart devices lack.
PDF Dark Mode Is Practical and Good for You
Many people try Dark Mode and then never change it. It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night. They find if more soothing and comfortable to use. Others find it unnecessary. In either case, it’s good that the Dark Mode is more available in everyday apps now. Like PDF readers. If you wait for the night to read up on files, or you like to read in the dark, night mode is immensely beneficial. And it’s easy to enable.
What’s your take on dark/night mode in PDF readers? Do you use it? Let us know in the comments section below.