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The fourth beta of macOS Big Sur, released yesterday, adds a new toggle in System Preferences that's designed to disable the wallpaper tinting feature that's meant to make windows blend in with the desktop wallpaper.

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For those who have Dark Mode enabled, turning off wallpaper tinting can make windows on the Mac noticeably darker, especially when a lighter color background is in use.

Apple introduced the wallpaper tinting feature in an earlier version of macOS, and some Mac users who prefer Dark Mode have been hoping for a toggle to disable it. Prior to now, there was a method for turning it off, but it involved enabling the graphite accent color.

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With wallpaper tint on

As 9to5mac points out, being forced to choose graphite was not ideal because it eliminated many of the colored elements of the operating system. With macOS Big Sur, wallpaper tinting can be disabled while leaving the rest of the interface untouched.

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With wallpaper tint off

Disabling wallpaper tinting will only make a difference to those who use Dark Mode, as it does not change the way that windows look in Light Mode. It's small but subtle change that some Dark Mode users will appreciate, and it only applies to windows, and not other elements of the interface like side bars.

The feature can be accessed by opening System Preferences, selecting General, and then clicking on the toggle that says "Allow wallpaper tinting in windows."

Article Link: Make Dark Mode Darker in macOS Big Sur With New Toggle to Disable Wallpaper Tint
 
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djbuddha

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Tell me there’s a terminal command we can use on Mojave / Catalina to accomplish this.
 
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To avoid having to do this, use a dark-ish background to begin with. I find having a bright wallpaper somewhat defeats the purpose of dark mode given that my entire desktop isn't entirely covered by windows. I suppose my dark mode usage leans towards "everything dark" whereas some folks might not be as extreme and this feature will be useful.

Has dark mode taken over your work and personal lives? There are certain applications and web sites I absolutely hate to use (when I have to ) just because they don't have a dark mode. Lord, how many times I've cursed at Atlassian on a daily basis for its lack of support. And how I rejoiced when Zoom and Slack did.
 
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jacjustjac

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I find that I can turn my MBP screen brightness much further down in Light Mode versus Dark mode. Which saves battery, and it eliminates those moments when a site with a white background suddenly sears your retinas because you had the brightness so high up to make that white text shine off a dark background. I do find Dark Mode on OLED screens helpful, because that can be a true contrasty black background for text. But on regular LED, the white light is still shining, and it’s not getting completely blocked by the “black background”. You’re just wasting energy.
 
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zorinlynx

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When light mode is enabled, the menu bar on the top is still in dark mode.

Is this an intentional change or a bug? I already reported it, but haven't heard back and it's still unchanged in the latest beta.

I'm one of those rare unicorns known as a "Light mode user" and hate that the menu bar doesn't respect the setting anymore in Big Sur. :(
 
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ErikGrim

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This option was only needed for how intense the tint became in Big Sur. Any orangey/sunset style wallpapers and your windows (even in full screen) became a shade of baby poo.
 
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krfr

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Finally. That threw me off the first few times I noticed it.
 
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simonmet

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I think you can already do this in Catalina if you select the grey highlight colour. I suppose this lets you have any highlight and still have the effect.
 
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q64ceo

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When light mode is enabled, the menu bar on the top is still in dark mode.

Is this an intentional change or a bug? I already reported it, but haven't heard back and it's still unchanged in the latest beta.

I'm one of those rare unicorns known as a "Light mode user" and hate that the menu bar doesn't respect the setting anymore in Big Sur. :(

What kind of wallpaper do you use? The menubar will change to a dark color if the wallpaper is dark.
 
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