Friday, Feb 25, 2022, 15:31 Mac: Software

Mac Tip: Activate Or Deactivate Dark Mode On macOS Via The Menu Bar

Since macOS 10.14, there has been a system wide "Dark Mode" on the Mac which darkens the interface and supported applications. Unsupported programs will, however, continue to be presented by whatever standard interface they come with. Users who frequently cycle between the two modes often do so via the Mac's System Preferences, however, there's a faster way.

Activation Via Control Center
Apple introduced the control center known from iOS/iPadOS with to the Mac with macOS Big Sur. In control center's main panel, there's an option (albeit it's rather hidden) from view to activate Dark Mode without opening the System Preferences on Mac or the Settings app on iOS/iPadOS. To do so on Mac, open control center and then click on "Display" – but not on the brightness slider, but on the "Display" header or the column right behind it.

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After clicking on the area, the menu will change to the following:


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Activate Dark Mode Directly Via The Menu Bar
Although the manner mentioned above is still far more convenient than opening up the device's System Preferences, there's still an even better way to switch between dark and light mode as of macOS Big Sur. It's possible to determine what features and options should be accessible directly from the menu bar. It's possible to set "Display" as an option that should be available on the menu bar, in which case it would appear in the same region as Control Center on macOS. Once this has been done, "Display" can then be clicked on directly from the desktop and the user can effortlessly choose to switch between Dark Mode and Light Mode.

Also Possible Via Siri
Those who like to use Siri on their Mac can also activate Dark Mode via voice command by saying "activate Dark Mode" or "turn on Dark Mode". You can then return to Light Mode by issuing the same command.

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