Fix Text Color / Drop down menu Problems in Windows 10 Dark Mode for Windows File Explorer

One of the features of the Windows October Update (v1809) is the Dark mode for Windows. It inverts the black and white colors while opening files and folders. Eg. The screen is black and the text is white.

However, many users have reported that while using File Explorer either the text is not in white or the options in drop-down menus are not visible. It seems that the transition to the Dark Mode was incomplete.

Since it is a known bug, Windows would release a fix with time. However, if any files had gone corrupt, we would have to fix them too.

Preliminary step

Perform a Windows update just in case Microsoft released a fix for the same by the time you are reading this post.

Check For Updates


Also perform the following steps:


Solution 1] Run an SFC scan

A bad Windows updates messes up files in a system which the corrective Windows update might not be able to fix. Thus, we could perform an SFC scan. Here’s the procedure for an SFC scan.Sfc Scan


Solution 2] Re-apply Dark theme in clean boot state

1] Perform a clean boot on your system as explained here.

2] Click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings menu.Personalization In Windows Settings


3] Go to Personalization >> Themes.

4] Choose your default theme.

Choose Your Theme


5] Now select the Dark radio button to activate the Dark theme.

Dark Radio Button


However, in this state the startup programs remain disabled, thus it’s a workaround and not a fix.