Google docs - how to enable dark mode and why is it superior to Word

Google docs – how to enable dark mode and why is it superior to Word

Google Docs is a completely free alternative to Microsoft Word. It is a word processor that allows real time collaboration and has become a staple for many people and organisations.
Before jumping in to the question on how to enable dark mode for Google Docs, lets overview why do people actually prefer it over Microsoft Word.

6 reasons why Google Docs is superior to Word

1. Outstanding collaboration
Unlike Word where you can end up with dozen files when working with other people, in Google docs you always have one file. If you need to revise anything, you can always do that by opening File -> Version History -> See Version History

2. Access your documents anywhere
As long as you have internet connection, you can access the latest version of the files you are working on. Google Docs works offline as well, all you need to do is install Google Docs Offline extension

3. Improves your focus
There is a full screen option that prevents you being distracted from the top menu where all the formatting buttons are. We are all distracted by the desire to tinker the colors, the headings and etc, but in reality - if you want to write something properly, all your attention should be directed to WRITING.

4. Easy sharing
Instead of attaching a file (also checking if this is the last version you edited) when you want to send what you have written, you can either send an url or share the document itself with the corresponding notes.

5. Saving the files
The moment you start pounding the keyboard, everything is already safely stored. Nothing can make your progress vanish. On top of that, since your files are being stored on Google Drive, they are also backed up.

6. Free
Yes, it is completely free. All you need to do is have a Google account and you are good to go. In comparison the Microsoft Office Personal subscription comes at $69.99 per year.

What is missing from Google Docs?

It is not as sophisticated as Microsoft Word. The latter offers vast amount features that cannot be found in Google Docs. If you are looking for lightweight word processor - go for Google Docs. If you are a in need for more powerful tool - Microsoft Word is still the best.

Dark mode for Google Docs and Word

Both of those word processors are lacking built-in dark mode which couple of years ago might seem normal statement, but nowadays seems odd. With the ever increasing workload that people are facing these days, it’s becoming and necessity to work when the sun is down. Working late at night or early in the morning can not only exhaust you mentally, but can also cause the occurrence of eye strain. Staring at the bright white screen easily tires the eyes leading to headaches, dry eyes and blurred sight. Although both of the leading OS offer built-in Night mode that reduces the blue light coming out from your screen, it’s still not sufficient protection when working at night or in a low-level light environment.
Night Eye enables dark mode on nearly all websites / web apps including Google Docs. All of you, who are writing late at night, Night Eye can come handy in the fight with eye strain.
Although still not functioning well enough on Google Docs, it can be really beneficial for those, who prefer having dark mode anywhere
* One well known issue is the blinking of the line on which you are writing. For each keystroke, the whole line is blinking which to some people can be really disturbing.
* The other issue is the text and highlight colors. They are affected by the extension and appear different from what they really are. For some users it is not a big of a deal, but others insist that it is a serious problem.
For both issues, we will be pushing an update really soon that should provide better and smoother dark mode experience.