Scribus 1.6.1 Dark Mode in Windows

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I've finally tried it out on Windows 10 and could get Scribus to start with the dark mode by:

  • Windwows key / command, type "dark" and choose "turn on dark mode for apps"
  • Change the option "Choose your color" to "dark"
  • Start scribus with "Scribus.exe -platform windows:darkmode=2"

Just picking the dark theme for Windows or using the darkmode command line option do not seem to be enough.

Anybody can find a better solution?

p.s.: here is some documentation from qt...

p.p.s.: and here some more explanations:


I can confirm this to work. Once Scribus is started with "Scribus.exe -platform windows:darkmode=2", one can also switch from light to dark and vice versa in Windows Settings and Scribus adjusts automatically without restart (Icons still must be adjusted manually in the Scribus preferences). So the easiest fix would be for now to always start Scribus with that command?

However, unfortunately, this dark mode is not the most appealing. Attached you can find screenshots with the various Themes I can pick. blank and windowsvista (I think they may be the same) have (terrible) white borders all over the place. Fusion has amongst others errors when displaying inactive menu elements. Also, all of them seem to pick black instead of Windows' darker gray for dark coloring.

The screenshot @AdmFubar posted of dark mode in Linux looks much more polished.


Thought you might like the look of the kvantum-dark

Using Scribus 1.6.1, openSUSE 15.6
Advanced hobbyist


Recently upgraded to openSUSE 15.6, and started a fresh kde settings, have many years of kruft built up in my settings.
Now with a clean set of settings in kde, kvantum works nicely. Thought i'd share another shot of scribus using another kvantum theme.

Using Scribus 1.6.1, openSUSE 15.6
Advanced hobbyist