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