How to turn on Dark Mode on your Mac, to reduce eye strain and give your computer a sleek new look

AppleYou can turn on Dark Mode on your Mac if your computer is running macOS Mojave or later.

  • You can turn on Dark Mode on your Mac computer through the System Preferences menu.
  • To turn on Dark Mode, you’ll need to have macOS Mojave or later.
  • Dark Mode is easier on the eyes than the standard light mode, allowing the windows you have open to be illuminated while control buttons and backgrounds are darkened.
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Dark Mode is a newer feature on Mac computers running macOS Mojave and later that allows users to change the colours of their interface, and better focus on the projects at hand. The feature uses dark colour schemes to mute background windows and buttons, while highlighting the content that you’re using.

Many third-party apps are able to adapt Dark Mode as well, and pre-installed apps like Mail, Maps, Notes, and Safari all allow you to customise how you use them while your Mac is in Dark Mode.

Turning on Dark Mode is a simple process, available through a Mac’s “System Preferences” menu.

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How to turn on Dark Mode on Mac

1. Open up “System Preferences.” You can do this by clicking the “System Preferences” icon on the toolbar (it looks like a grey box with a gear inside of it) or by selecting the Apple icon in the top left corner and then hitting “System Preferences…”

2. Select the “General” icon. It should be in the top or second row, depending on your macOS version.

Step1 DarkModeKelly Laffey/Business InsiderOpen the ‘General’ menu.

3. Choose the option that you want from the “Appearance” menu.

  • “Light” uses the light appearance.
  • “Dark” activates Dark Mode.
  • “Auto” activates light mode during the day and Dark Mode at night. Note that the “Auto” selection is only available for macOS Catalina.
DarkMode Step3Kelly Laffey/Business InsiderThe normally white and grey General menu, now in dark mode.

When you click one, it will activate immediately to show you what it looks like. Feel free to switch between them as much as you want.

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