PyCharm 2022.3 Help

User interface themes

The interface theme defines the appearance of windows, dialogs, buttons, and all visual elements of the user interface. By default, PyCharm uses the Darcula theme, unless you changed it during the first run.

Change the UI theme

  1. In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), select Appearance & Behavior | Appearance.

    Alternatively, press Ctrl+` and select Theme from the Switch list.

  2. Select the UI theme from the Theme list:

    • IntelliJ Light: Traditional light theme for IntelliJ-based IDEs

    • macOS Light or Windows 10 Light: OS-specific light theme available as a bundled plugin

    • Darcula: Default dark theme

    • High contrast: Theme designed for users with color vision deficiency

Select Sync with OS to let PyCharm detect the current system settings and use the default dark or light theme accordingly.

It is also possible to create your own UI themes for PyCharm and customize the built-in themes. For more information, see IntelliJ Platform SDK Documentation.

You can assign a shortcut to the Theme action, so that you can quickly switch between themes.

Productivity tips

Use the quick switcher

  1. Press Ctrl+` or select View | Quick Switch Scheme form the menu.

  2. In the Switch popup, select Theme, and then select the desired interface theme.

Create shortcuts

Last modified: 30 January 2023