Does Yosemite have a classic visual theme option ?


macrumors 601
Jun 8, 2007
People have requested theming but I don't expect it to be in the release of Yosemite.

No downgrade.

You can, for example, restore from a backup of Mavericks; or erase Yosemite then install Mavericks.


macrumors G4
Oct 14, 2008
OS X never had theme support and I doubt it will ever have. A big issue with themes is that they mess up UI design and such design-conscious company as Apple is certainly averse to that. And besides, Yosemite already offers quite a lot personalisation with the desktop picture affecting the overall appearance of the OS.


macrumors 68040
Mar 21, 2014
Personally, I was never fond of the "look" of OS X from 10.4 on, and like Yosemite over its predecessors - because it's different.

Given that, I actually liked the unreleased OS 8/9 themes that I got my hands on at the time from a friend - "Paper" and "Drawing Board", and I also used Kaleidoscope. What I don't miss is the instability in any system extensions from that era...

So, on that note, check out "Flavours" ( When you wrote "classic", I was thinking "Classic" as in the Classic Mac OS as it was called 10-odd years ago. Flavours isn't free, but I saw that they've got a Drawing Board theme and I think I'll pull the trigger on it. Cheers!


macrumors 65816
Aug 12, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
I wouldn't think so; all the apps will have integrated new fonts, sliders, etc.

You could force change the system font to be pre-Yosemite, but then it will all look disjointed with the graphics.

We all just have to deal with the new look; like it or not. Give it a chance.
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