How to quickly switch to Dark Mode in OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

OS X 10.10 Yosemite has been available since the end of last week and the adoption rate looks like it is on course to break all records. Result of the races, you must be numerous to have updated your bike this weekend, or to have proceeded to a “clean install” by following my tutorial. Yes, and if this is your case then you may very much enjoy the rest of this article.

Yosemite brings a number of new features, starting with a brand new interface that is both flatter and cleaner than Mavericks'.

How To Quickly Switch To Dark Mode In Os X 10 10 Yosemite

Use a simple keyboard shortcut to activate Yosemite's Dark Mode? It's doable, and not as complicated as you might think.

Apple didn't just tweak a couple of icons for good measure, however. The firm has also integrated a special mode that you are bound to know if you have been interested in the subject in recent months.

Her name ? Dark Mode , of course!

Dark Mode with a simple keyboard shortcut? It's possible !

As its name suggests rather well, the latter allows you to quickly modify the system interface to darken its dock and the menu bar. It's very funny but all is not perfect so far and this mode is thus not particularly accessible. To activate it, you have to open the machine settings, go to the “General” module and check the box entitled “Use a dark menu bar and dock” . Awesome.

However, there is one trick that will save you a lot of time.

Simply start by launching the Terminal by going to the list of your applications, and browsing in the “Utilities” folder. Then paste the following command as if nothing had happened:

 sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist _HIEnableThemeSwitchHotKey -bool true

The Terminal will ask you to enter the password for your session. Do it and then press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to validate.

From there, you will need to log out and reopen it. Then you will only have to swing a little CTRL + Option + CMD + T to quickly switch to Dark Mode. And if you want to go back, you will only have to repeat the operation using the same keyboard shortcut.

Simple, right?

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