Customizations for Dark Mode?

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by Tapiture, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Tapiture macrumors 65816

    Tapiture

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    Is it possible to have some things dark and not other things? I liked having the dock and top bar be dark but I don't necessarily like having Safari and Mail and other apps in dark mode too. Any way to achieve this?
     
  2. Mr Todhunter macrumors regular

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    Yes it is possible. Lots of posts with instructions. Check the forums.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 27, 2018 ---

    Here are instructions I compiled from various posts in various threads.
    I’ve tried them and they all works as advertised.

    Also, I’m trying to be as clear as possible for those who have no knowledge of how the terminal works.

    The important thing to remember is: They only work when you choose the Dark Appearance in the system preference.

    Here follow the terminal commands in Bold. You copy and paste to the terminal window and press return.

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    Note: The following command will change only the menubar and the dock to black.

    Choose Appearance Dark (system preference/General), open the terminal, copy paste the following and press return

    write -g NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool YES

    Now restart your Mac

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    The following commands apply to individual applications. Make sure you quit the application you want to apply it to before you do it.

    Also this time you don’t need to restart your Mac.

    defaults write com.apple.mail NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool NO


    defaults write com.apple.Notes NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool NO


    defaults write com.apple.Safari NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool NO



    defaults write com.apple.iCal NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool NO



    defaults write com.apple.Terminal NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool NO



    defaults write com.apple.stocks NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool NO



    defaults write com.apple.Photos NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool NO

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    Thanks to all the people whose posts made these configurations possible
     
  3. Mr Todhunter macrumors regular

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    Dark mode with all the above modifications applied. Moreover some extra mods through Liteicon and TotalFinder.

    Screenshot 2018-09-28 at 10.03.00.png
     
  4. SoYoung macrumors 6502a

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    Any command to get rid of the grey boxes in the message app on dark mode? I found it hard to read white text on grey boxes.
     
  5. taylor354 macrumors newbie

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    Apologies for going slightly off topic, but what are you using to get the window/menu borders?
     
  6. Tapiture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I've tried the app-specific commands but when I enter them and then open the app, it doesn't seem to have had any effect
     
  7. sosumi99 macrumors 6502

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    Did you make sure to choose "Dark" in Appearances first? (And reboot?/quit-restart the app?)
     
  8. Tapiture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I did. In fact when I did the first command mentioned, "write -g NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool YES"
    I get this error message on the terminal:
     
  9. flur macrumors 68020

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    If you're just looking for the dark top menu and dock, the terminal command is:

    defaults write -g NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool Yes

    The inx I have say to put the machine in "light mode", then run this command, then log out and back in or restart, then switch to dark mode. No need to use any other commands. Works great on my machine.

    https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/only-dark-menu-bar-dock-mojave/
     
  10. Tapiture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah yes, that did it! Thank you!!
     
  11. Mr Todhunter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, I don’t understand. What borders?
     
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  13. TokMok3 macrumors 6502a

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    Does any body know how to make the (menu bar) and (dock) darker while in light mode? Same as it was on High Sierra.
     
  14. Tapiture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Doing this:
    Is the equivalent. I was going for the same thing and that's the solution.
     
  15. TokMok3 macrumors 6502a

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    It works, thank you!
     
  16. Don MC, Sep 29, 2018
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    How did you make your dock so dark? Mine follows the wallpaper color (even if I select "Reduce transparency").
    And a little tip: Don't show your computer serial# to everyone.

    EDIT: Found it out: Increase Contrast setting in Accessibility.
     
  17. SoYoung macrumors 6502a

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    I love the dark mode and stay on that 100% of the time. But my biggest complaint is with the message app and the little grey boxes for the contact answer. I would like to make it black or get rid of it. Is it possible?
     
  18. JokerPower macrumors member

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    Can you show a screenshot with notifications panel? How it looks? Mine was terrible after above fix
     
  19. taylor354 macrumors newbie

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    In your screen shot you have 1 or 2 pixel wide black line round the the window and buttons on the finder window. I was just wondering if that was being done by some other application or if it is as a result of the commands being run to have the mixed light/dark mode.
     
  20. Don MC macrumors member

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    That's the "Increase Contrast" option in Accessibility settings.
     
  21. Mr Todhunter macrumors regular

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    Yes, that’s it.
     
  22. taylor354 macrumors newbie

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    Well there you go, you learn something every day. Even after using macs for years I don’t think i’ve ever tried that setting.

    Thanks.
     

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