Theme-aware splash screens are here to save the eyes of Windows Insiders

Surface Laptop Go HeroSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Microsoft has yet another build for Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel. The latest update brings systems to build 20241 and brings a couple of new features. The most noticeable new feature is that UWP apps can now have theme-aware splash screens.

Similarly to theme-aware tiles in the Start Menu, theme-aware splash screens switch between light or dark mode depending on your system settings. This should look better and also make it so bright splash screens don’t hurt your eyes when you’re using dark mode throughout the rest of Windows 10.

Here’s the complete changelog for Windows 10 build 20241:

Introducing theme-aware splash screens for apps
Building on theme-aware tiles in Start, we’re introducing theme-aware splash screens for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. Now, when an eligible UWP app is launched, the splash screen color will match your default app mode. For example, if you have light theme turned on, you’ll see a light theme splash screen, and if you have dark theme turned on (for the “default app mode”) then you’ll see a dark theme splash screen.

Settings app splash screen before and after in light theme:

Settings Light Before After Gif

Source: Microsoft

Settings app splash screen before and after in dark theme:

Settings Dark Before After Gif

Source: Microsoft

The following apps support theme-aware splash screens today:

  • Settings
  • Store
  • Windows Security
  • Alarms & Clock
  • Calculator
  • Maps
  • Voice Recorder
  • Groove
  • Movies & TV
  • Snip & Sketch
  • Microsoft ToDo
  • Office
  • Feedback Hub
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Over time, more apps will be updated via the Store to support having a theme-aware splash screen.

NOTE: Some apps like Store and Feedback Hub may show an extended splash screen in your accent color instead of the theme-aware light or dark theme.

This feature is rolling out to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first to help us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability. Rest assured they will be gradually rolling out to everyone in the Dev Channel.

Enhancing your defrag experience

We’re making a few changes to the Optimize Drives page (Settings > System > Storage > Optimize Drives), including:

  • Adding a new “Advanced View” checkbox to list all volumes including hidden volumes. Please note we’re still getting this one up and running, so you’ll see the checkbox in this build, but may not notice any differences when you click it.
  • Listing more details in the “Current status” column when volumes are not available for defrag (for example, “Partition type not supported” and “File system type not supported”).
  • Adding support for pressing F5 to refresh.

You can read more about the latest build, including all of its fixes, on Microsoft’s blog.

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