Enable and disable OS X Yosemite Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut

The new Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite, which gives the OS X Menu Bar and Dock a dark background, can be enabled it in System Preferences.

“That method is fine if you just want to pick the default light mode or new dark mode and stick with it, or change it only infrequently, but what if you want to enable dark mode frequently and on the fly?” Jim Tanous asks for TekRevue.

Tanous reports, “Instead of a trip to System Preferences, here’s how to enable and disable dark mode in OS X Yosemite with a quick keyboard shortcut.”

Easy instructions are found in the full article here.

12 Comments

        1. Who cares it looks nice when in practice Yosemite is the worst update ever? Even things I have never seen before like selecting Sent in mail and the Inbox and the grey “selection-indicator” will stay on Sent……

          Not to mention all the functionality that would make the Mac THE business computer of the century that keeps missing and I have no clue as to why….It used to be my Mac was IT. There were no plusses on the Windows side of life and certainly no minuses on the Mac side of life. Now, there are….Thank goodness for the Windows screw-ups that MS keep on coming, but Apple need to get their computer-act together. I like my iPhone, but I am in it for the computer! Hear that, Apple, the COMPUTER!.

          1. There are some odd disconnects going on at Apple regarding software. From this distance I can’t tell why this is happening. But I like all the points you’ve made.

            For the moment, I’m pleased with Mavericks. I’m thinking of Yosemite along the lines of Leopard: Something different that’s waiting to mature into something incredible, similar to the Snow Leopard leap forward.

            One thing I know is that Apple could use some improved organization and integration, certainly within and between the software division, and of course documentation.

            See my article from this weekend about the current BIZARRO situation with Safari. It’s incomprehensible to me that Apple can be so disorganized:

            The Safari Security Update That Wasn’t:
            Whatever Happened to 8.0.1, 7.1.1 and 6.2.1???

  1. It’s sad that an alternative has to be found to create a background which enables the “trash can” to be seen. Has anyone tried using a desktop wallpaper of a winter’s scene? The so-called “trash can” is nearly invisible against the white scene. It looks like – if you can see it at all – bird plop! What a stupid-ass icon! Bring back the venerable silver-wire trashcan. By the way, in System Preferences>Accessibility>Reduce transparency changes to entire dock to gray: Tacky, but at least the icons are visible, such as Pages and TextEdit. I can’t wait for Apple’s next announcement for its annual next great piece of s**t OS which fixes the bugs in Yosemite, that fixes the bugs in Mavericks, ad infinitum. Sound familiar? That was once Microsuck’s mantra. Apparently someone in “higher places” at Apple fell in love with that theme rather than “It just works.” It only works now after the users find the 1,0001 bugs. Quality control at Apple has been sacrificed for ‘change for the sake of change’. When’s the last time the SuperDrive was updated? If only it were an iPhone!

    1. Step 1: impose stupid stylistic overtones instead of using meaningful icons that clearly and UNIQUELY represent the function they enable.

      Step 2: either follow Apple’s difficult directions for replacing icons or install Candybar

      1. Except: Candybar doesn’t entirely run on Yosemite (or Mavericks). It is abandonware that only partly works on 10.9 and 10.10.

        Here is an alternative method that happens to involve what continues to work in Candybar. You still have to dig around and find the icons you’d like to use as replacements.

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