OS X Yosemite comes with a useful dark mode / night mode that darkens UI elements to make it easier to use your Mac at night or in low-light conditions. There’s a way to both enable and disable dark mode using a keyboard shortcut but it requires a few steps before it can be enabled. Check them out after the jump.
The procedure is quite simple. It involves running a command in Terminal, and logging in to your Mac. Anyone with basic computer / OS X literacy can pull this off without causing any problems.
Still, Cupertino Times cannot be held responsible in case anything goes awry when you follow this guide. You are following these instructions at your own risk.
With that out of the way, let’s get down to it!
- Launch the ‘Terminal’ application since we need to run a command line operation. If you cannot find it the usual way, just press Cmd + Space to launch it.
- Copy and the paste the following command in to the Terminal window:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist _HIEnableThemeSwitchHotKey -bool true
Press return to execute it.
- Log out and then log in to your Mac again.
That’s it! Now you can use Ctrl + Option + Cmd + T to switch between dark mode and normal ‘light’ mode.
I am a huge fan of dark user interfaces since the current trend of bold, in-your-face colors and bright, saturated displays is uncomfortable to my eyes. I activate Dark / Night Mode wherever I can.
In Yosemite, Apple doesn’t market this as a dark mode as it is more of an aesthetic feature. We are hoping Apple continues working on this feature to come up with a proper Dark Mode or Night Mode as it is popular on smartphone and tablet apps which completely darken the UI, reduce brightness and contrast, and pull off other little tweaks to drastically improve usability in low-light environments.
Thanks to u/abspam3 for sharing this on Reddit.
Someone will likely make a tool to enable this keyboard shortcut without asking interested users to open the Terminal since, you know, command line prompts are scary for the general populace. We’ll share that too if we come across it.