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How to Enable Dark Mode on Mac

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MacOS includes a Dark Mode option that works across the entire system, from the dock and menu bar to all of your apps.

Here's how to turn on Dark Mode:
  1. Choose System Preferences on the menu bar.
  2. Select General.
  3. In the "Appearance" section at the top of the window, click the "Dark" option.
Those are the only steps required to enable Dark Mode. If you want to turn it off again, follow the same steps but this time choose the "Light" option.

While in Dark mode, the dock, menu bar, and all of your Apple apps, including Safari, Mail, Calendar, Notes, the Mac App Store, Messages, and more will feature darker colors and themes. Dark Mode will need to be built into third-party Mac apps that don't already offer a dark option when macOS Mojave is released.

Article Link: How to Enable Dark Mode on Mac
 
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Jippe Joosten

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Note: When Dark Mode is activated, the current Dynamic Desktop option that displays the Mojave desert does not work. It shows the desert at night full time when Dark Mode is turned on.

This is not actually true, the light fall will change over the day. I use this feature for some time now it's quite subtle but it does change dynamically.
 
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This is not actually true, the light fall will change over the day. I use this feature for some time now it's quite subtle but it does change dynamically.

Thanks, I haven't noticed mine changing at all, but it may be that it's not working properly or something. I'll keep a closer eye on it :)
 
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.max

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And in light mode, it would be nice to still have an option for a dark menu bar and dock.

There’s an official exception key to disable dark windows per app and it works globally too (unless an app overrides it) with a Terminal command:

defaults write -g NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool YES

Essentially it looks like dark menu and Dock mode.
 
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AdeFowler

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What I don’t understand is why there isnt a keyboard shortcut or a menu bar toggle or an automatic night-shift esque switching into dark mode. I feel like those are all very obvious features that shouldn’t require a year for macOS 10.15 to be in the OS

Hopefully that’s coming in a future release. It would definitely be nice to change mode on the fly, and scheduling seems way too obvious to be an oversight. Seems to me that it would tie in nicely with Night Shift.
 
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What I don’t understand is why there isnt a keyboard shortcut or a menu bar toggle or an automatic night-shift esque switching into dark mode. I feel like those are all very obvious features that shouldn’t require a year for macOS 10.15 to be in the OS


Hopefully f.lux will update to have activation. Currently their sunrise/sunset activation works but f.lux is generally broken when activated
 
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The wallpaper does update in dark mode. You have to make sure you click on the change/update wallpaper feature below.. I set it to change wall paper every hour and it updates the wallpaper..
 
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Ragefury

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I don‘t understand why everyone seems to like dark mode. It does look cool, but my eyes are irritated after less than a minute when reading white text on dark background.

Dark mode is not meant for casual users, it meant to be use by individuals that spend a lot of time in front of an screen, developers, frontend dudes, designers, etc...adobe For example has a dark mode, most code IDE’s have a dark mode and it’s welcomed by everyone that uses them.
 
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I'm really excited about this for many reasons, but the first thing that popped in my head was that I finally get back the black background for all of my photos that was lost from the switch from iPhoto to Photos. It's so much easier to look at a ton of photos on a black background compared to a white one. There's a reason why almost all TVs and Monitors have a dark bezel.
 
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Thanks, I haven't noticed mine changing at all, but it may be that it's not working properly or something. I'll keep a closer eye on it :)

Mine doesn't change either. It's a bug. File it with Apple. I have.
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Lots of dark applications on top of each other are very difficult to distinguish between: there is no sense of depth or layering (as yet).

And in light mode, it would be nice to still have an option for a dark menu bar and dock.

I agree. I think to fix it they need to make the window shadows much darker. They're still there, but with the opacity level being the same as in light mode, it's as though they're invisible.
 
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This is not actually true, the light fall will change over the day. I use this feature for some time now it's quite subtle but it does change dynamically.
Thanks, I haven't noticed mine changing at all, but it may be that it's not working properly or something. I'll keep a closer eye on it :)

Interesting. Mine is stuck on the night wallpaper too.
 
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