With OS X Yosemite, Apple presented a slew of brand-new functions that were focuseded on “making the world’s best operating system also much better” (Apple’s case, not mine). While there were obviously new attributes, like Handoff which I locate immensely valuable, or MailDrop, which has ended up being practically a life saver for me. Still, a whole lot of renovations in Yosemite were around small points; things that you really did not also recognize you required prior to it existed. One such feature was the Dark Setting for Yosemite.

The Dark Mode, which we outlined previously also, basically focuseds on making your OS X interface much more pleasant for eyes under dark lights conditions. The premise is that under poor lighting, bright shades as well as styles could actually acquire to you, and also if factors take on a slightly darker tone, your exposure will certainly enhance drastically. That’s specifically just what Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite does; it turns the Menu bar and the Dock darker, making things easier to review and see if you’re in reduced light.

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The issue with the default implementation of the Dark Setting is that Apple really did not give a very easy method to toggle the setting off or on. Granted, it’s not that embedded from the start, but you still need to release System Preferences, visit General and also enable (or disable) the setup from there. There’s no hotkey combination that you can use to prevent these steps. Well, there is, however it isn’t there natively; you’ll have to set it yourself. Fortunately is, it’s very easy.

Step 1: Launch Terminal on your Mac running OS X Yosemite

Step 2: Enter the following command: (you may be asked for your administrator password once you do it)

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

Step 3: Log out of your Mac and log back in.


That’s it; the programs component is done. Now you can toggle the Dark Mode on or off utilizing the CMD+ALT+CTRL+T hotkey combination. Hey, we understand it’s a handful, yet you’ll get used to it rather rapidly, as well as the ease that it offers far outweighs needing to push 4 keys at the same time.

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