When you first open Affinity Publisher, it defaults to dark mode. While some users may prefer this look for aesthetic reasons or because it reduces eye strain, others may find that it hampers their creativity or makes it harder to see certain elements or tools on the screen. If you fall into the latter category, don’t worry – changing your preferences is a simple process.

If you’re using a Mac like me, start by opening Affinity Publisher and scrolling up to the words “Affinity Publisher” at the top of your screen. From there, click on “Preferences.” In V2, look for “Settings”

If you’re working on a PC instead, go to “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Preferences.” (V1)

Either way will bring up a pop-up window that looks like this:

From here, click on the “User Interface” icon (V1) or menu item (V2, shown here).

Under “UI Style,” select “Light Mode.” Voila! You’ve now switched from dark mode to light mode.

But what if you don’t want everything about your workspace to be completely white? Fortunately, Affinity Publisher offers several customization options so that you can tailor it exactly how you want it.

For example, under “Background Gray Level,” you can choose any shade of gray in between the extremes of black and white. This can be helpful if you find that a completely white background is too harsh on your eyes, or if you prefer a slightly darker look without going all the way to dark mode.

You can also adjust contrast, brightness and font size in this pop up.

Switching from dark mode to light mode in Affinity Publisher is a quick and painless process. So take advantage of Affinity Publisher’s customizable features to tailor your workspace exactly how you want it.