How to enable Dark Mode on your Mac with OS X Yosemite

BY Jason

Published 18 Oct 2014

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Apple released OS X Yosemite a couple of days back, and the update’s main new feature is its all-new design, that adds translucency, blur, new icons and flatter design to OS X. Along with the design changes, Apple also added a new Dark Mode to OS X, that makes the menu bar and the dock darker.

By default, the menu bar and the dock art translucent, but have a white tint to them. Enabling Dark Mode gives the menu bar and dock a black tint, while still maintaining the translucency. So here’s how you enable Dark Mode:

  • Click on the  Apple menu > System Preferences or just search for System Preferences in the Spotlight bar (⌘ + Space)
  • Click on General, and right below appearance, you should see a “Use dark menu bar and Dock” checkbox. Click on it.

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  • After clicking, you’ll instantly see your menu bar and dock switching to the black tint color.

Some of your menu bar app icons will look out of place as they haven’t been updated for Dark Mode yet, but developers will soon ship Yosemite updates for their apps, which should fix this.

To go back to the normal mode, just uncheck the checkbox.