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I hate to write on with background, so i usally write my papers in a simple text editor, because I can have a dark background, but it's still annoying not to be able to use LibreOffice advanced features. Is there a real dark background and/or theme for LibreOffice under Windows? I got the page background to be dark, and text to be with by messing up with styles, however, there is still bright white margin border. Any suggestion?

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You can modify the application background using the appearance settings (Menu Tools -> Options -> LibreOffice -> Appearance):

modify application background color

The "Application Background" is the gray area around the sheets, and the "Document Background" setting affects the entire sheet (margins and editable area). Together with the "Font color" setting, you can modify the appearance entirely without altering the document (page / paragraph / character) styles.

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Gosh, I feel stupid, that was so simple! I changed Document background to gray 70% and font color to black, now it's perfect! –  Olivier Toupin Apr 26 '12 at 1:14
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This is GREAT - I'm on Grey 8 and 'yellow green 2' for fonts.

Is there a way to make the application theme darker?

Also if you like having a darker background -- how about the following:

Imagine a dark (bluish black due to monitor backlighting) background, with bright 255 red text.

You can do this to your entire screen, with a program called f.lux.

It's main purpose is to warm up the screen colors at night, but the stuff above is a special mode called darkroom. I find this program very helpful so I thought I'd mention it, here's the research link on how it can also help you sleep! http://www.justgetflux.com/research.html

Download below http://www.justgetflux.com/

Hope it helps!

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