2 Ways To Quickly Switch Between Light And Dark Mode On Your Mac

If you like to switch between light and dark mode frequently, you can create a keyboard shortcut or Dock icon to do it with one fast action. By using a very simple workflow in Automator, with no scripting required, you can create either a Quick Action or a application for your Dock. The Quick Action can then be assigned to a keyboard shortcut.

Comments: 8 Responses to “2 Ways To Quickly Switch Between Light And Dark Mode On Your Mac”

    Nick
    1 year ago

    Hey Gary. I tried doing same as you to use Command Shift F1 but forgot how to put in the Command and shift symbols…

    1 year ago

    Nick: Not sure what you mean. You press Command+Shift+F1. You don’t “put in” the symbols anywhere. You just use those keys like you normally would.

    Louise Kienast
    1 year ago

    On MacBook Pro I had to use the fn key before I could enter the shortcut.

    Nick
    1 year ago

    When I press Command+Shift+F1 in the Keyboard Shortcut box, nothing appears. It remains blank. I also just tried what Louise suggested but that didn’t work either. Am I missing something here?

    1 year ago

    Louise: You can change how that works in System Preferences, Keyboard, Keyboard if you wish.

    1 year ago

    Nick: Yes, do check your FN key setting in System Preferences, Keyboard, Keyboard and understand how that setting works. Otherwise, make sure you have that field selected before you press the keys.

    Nick
    1 year ago

    Got it. Thanks

    Dennis Edwards
    1 year ago

    I tried Nightowl and it messed things up. I un-installed it and then most things did not go into dark mode The top of the screen and the dark sand wallpaper were dark but Safair and Text Edit where white. Firefox was still dark. I searched the web for a fix and the following worked for me. You MUST log out after.

    defaults write -g NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool No (this one worked for me)
    if that does not work try the following
    defaults delete -g NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance

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