Bug 143658 - Adding a toggle button to switch dark/light theme in the top toolbar
Summary: Adding a toggle button to switch dark/light theme in the top toolbar
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Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: UI-Theming LibreOffice-Themes
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Reported: 2021-08-01 07:40 UTC by Mathieu Guinin
Modified: 2021-08-09 12:59 UTC (History)
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Description Mathieu Guinin 2021-08-01 07:40:33 UTC
Hello, thank you for the development of libreoffice

I like to adapt my screen to the time of the day, for now I use this trick:

Could we have a switch button to toggle dark/light theme and document colors more easily in the main view, maybe in the top right? An option to automate this behavior according to the system hour would be perfect too.

I consider this not just as a cosmetic option, it can have a net positive impact on the health of the users. My request is motivated by a friend of mine who ask me recently how to do it in libreoffice after I install darkreader in his browser.

Thank you in advance, best

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Comment 1 V Stuart Foote 2021-08-01 18:05:34 UTC
For LO 7.2.0 a 'LibreOffice Dark' application color scheme has been added to the Tools -> Options -> Application Colors panel.

Not clear a toggle elsewhere in the UI is of any real use.

To UX advise team...
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2021-08-09 12:59:01 UTC
I think the change should be done automatically triggered by the OS/DE (dark mode is missing on Windows bug 118320 and macOS bug 118017 and there is the META ticket bug 143344 for issues on Linux). If you pick the special pink theme (todo at bug 125823 and in particular bug 125217) it should remain.

Assuming all this is implemented and an infinite number of themes can be added via extension the easy toggle wont be usable anymore.