In­tro­duc­ing Dark mode

It’s easy to go dark in Mo­jave, writes Ro­man Loy­ola

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At the un­veil­ing of macOS 10.14 Mo­jave dur­ing Ap­ple’s 2018 WWDC, the first fea­ture the com­pany show­cased – it’s also the first fea­ture listed on Ap­ple’s Mo­jave pre­view web­site – is Dark Mode. With a Mac in Dark Mode, dark colours are used in place of light colours in the user in­ter­face. For ex­am­ple, in Dark Mode the menu bar at the top of the Mac UI is no longer white with black text. In­stead, it’s in­verted so the bar is a dark colour and the text is white. That dark theme is car­ried through­out the UI.

For some, Dark Mode may not seem like a big deal, but it has many ben­e­fits. For ex­am­ple, the higher con­trast of text makes it eas­ier to read doc­u­ments and menu items. Also, us­ing dark colours in­stead of white re­duces glare, which in turn com­bats eye fa­tigue. Most im­por­tantly, Dark Mode can im­prove your abil­ity cer­tain as­pects of video and pho­tos, such as colour and de­tail.

At macOS Mo­jave’s launch, all apps that are in­cluded in the op­er­at­ing sys­tem sup­port Dark Mode. Ap­ple is al­low­ing third-party apps to use it, too, so if you want to use Dark Mode with a nonAp­ple app, check with that devel­oper for an up­date.

Dark Mode is very easy to ac­ti­vate. Give it a try, and if you don’t like it, you can al­ways switch back. Here’s how to switch to Dark Mode in macOS Mo­jave.

Turn on Dark Mode

When you set up a new Mac, you’ll be asked if you want to try Light Mode or Dark Mode. But if your Mac is al­ready set up and it’s in Light Mode, here’s how to switch.

1. Click  > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences.

2. Click on Gen­eral.

3. At the top of the Gen­eral pref­er­ences is

Ap­pear­ance. There are two but­tons, one for Light and the other for Dark. Click on Dark, and you’ll see that the Mac will switch to Dark Mode.

4. Close the Sys­tem Pref­er­ences.

No­tice that your desk­top wall­pa­per doesn’t change in Dark Mode. Only UI el­e­ments change. Mo­jave has a new fea­ture called Dy­namic Desk­top that doesn’t re­ally make your desk­top dark, but it does change the ap­pear­ance of your desk­top to match the time of day.

Dark mode re­duces glare, which in turn helps com­bat eye fa­tigue

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