How To: Use Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite features a dark mode option. If you turn this on, your menus, Dock and application switcher (the bezel that displays when you press Command-Tab) will be black, and not translucent.

To activate this, open System Preferences, then click on General. Check Use dark menu bar and Dock.


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You can see above what the menus look like. I don’t find this very usable; the contrast is too harsh (it’s always harder reading light text on a dark background than the contrary), and many menu extras don’t display correctly, including some of Apple’s. But if you like this interface, it’s just a click away.

2 thoughts on “How To: Use Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite

  1. Which Apple extra don’t display right? 3rd party ones have been updating too so most of what I have works:

    SABnzbd+ – Icon/Status display stays black, menus work.
    MagicPrefs – Icon needs work, menus work
    Evernote Helper – Icon needs work, doesn’t use normal menu
    Quicksilver – Icon needs work, menus ok
    TextExpander – Updated and works
    Creative Cloud – Icon needs work, doesn’t use normal drop-down menu but an app-type window
    Dropbox – Updated and works
    Divvy – Updated and works
    Default Folder X – Updated and works
    Cloud Clip – Icon needs work, menus work but the icons in the menus need work
    gfxCardStatus – Works
    ClipboardHistory – Icon needs work, menus ok
    Twitter – Updated and works
    Skype – Updated and works
    AirPlay – Works
    iStat Menus – Updated and works (5.02 fixed the menu transparency issues…they are not transparent like others)
    Time Machine – Works
    Apple VPN – Works
    Sound – Works
    Bluetooth – Works
    WiFi – Works
    Battery – Works
    Clock – Works

    Just curious about that blanket statement…

    And I can read the menus just fine on all my systems (with 41 year-old eyes and no glasses)

    15-inch mid-2012 Retina MacBook Pro
    2011 Mac mini on a 55″ Sony HDTV (HTPC)
    2012 Mac mini on a 47″ LG HDTV (HTPC)
    2009 Mac Pro w/3 1920 x 1080 monitors

  2. Which Apple extra don’t display right? 3rd party ones have been updating too so most of what I have works:

    SABnzbd+ – Icon/Status display stays black, menus work.
    MagicPrefs – Icon needs work, menus work
    Evernote Helper – Icon needs work, doesn’t use normal menu
    Quicksilver – Icon needs work, menus ok
    TextExpander – Updated and works
    Creative Cloud – Icon needs work, doesn’t use normal drop-down menu but an app-type window
    Dropbox – Updated and works
    Divvy – Updated and works
    Default Folder X – Updated and works
    Cloud Clip – Icon needs work, menus work but the icons in the menus need work
    gfxCardStatus – Works
    ClipboardHistory – Icon needs work, menus ok
    Twitter – Updated and works
    Skype – Updated and works
    AirPlay – Works
    iStat Menus – Updated and works (5.02 fixed the menu transparency issues…they are not transparent like others)
    Time Machine – Works
    Apple VPN – Works
    Sound – Works
    Bluetooth – Works
    WiFi – Works
    Battery – Works
    Clock – Works

    Just curious about that blanket statement…

    And I can read the menus just fine on all my systems (with 41 year-old eyes and no glasses)

    15-inch mid-2012 Retina MacBook Pro
    2011 Mac mini on a 55″ Sony HDTV (HTPC)
    2012 Mac mini on a 47″ LG HDTV (HTPC)
    2009 Mac Pro w/3 1920 x 1080 monitors

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