Why the Date and Time In Your Mac Menu Bar Is Gray

If the date and time in the top right corner of your Mac's screen is gray or dimmed, it is because you are using Do Not Disturb or some other Focus mode. Learn how to turn it off if you have turned it on accidentally, and find out how you can keep the date and time as black text when a Focus mode is on.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Why the Date and Time In Your Mac Menu Bar Is Gray”

    2 years ago

    Thank you so much! It was always hard to read the time and I was very confused why Apple would make it so hard to read ā€“ what's going on? You made it very clear to me and gave me a solution. Now I can have a Focus mode and still be able to read the time :D Thank you for your help!!

    1 year ago

    Very good explanation. Exhaustive and short. Thanks!

    1 year ago

    Thank you so much for this! It was driving me crazy for months!

    Amy Ling
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much for this! I didn't notice that it was dimmed until recently and it's been bothering me. It seems to only be dimmed when I have it connected to both my external monitors. Turning off do not disturb, share focus status and share across devices helped.

    1 year ago

    Thank you so much! Was driving crazy in dark mode, now true happiness has come!

    1 year ago

    Thank you so much, problem solved! I didn't even know I had a focus mode on. I even updated my macbook, cause I thought it was some bug lol.

    11 months ago

    Nicely done. I recently tried to remove some of the clutter in my menu bar (gotta avoid that notch) and because I'm using Dark Mode, Apple decided I didn't need to be able to see what the date/time was without cranking up the brightness or squinting.

    I just love the arcane reasoning they used: "Well, the user needs an indicator in their menu that a focus mode is enabled, so if they remove it, we'll dim the date/time, because that's totally intuitive."

    Fix the bug for Dark Mode please. :D

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