How to activate Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut on your Mac

Dark Mode is an OS X feature that many users have been waiting for for quite some time. It is an interface change where transparencies become darker, almost completely changing the OS X interface, or at least giving it a different look.

To switch to Dark Mode or Normal Mode, go to System Preferences> General and enable the option. But there is a quicker and more comfortable way to do this. If you are one of those who is constantly switching between Dark Mode and normal mode, you might want to do it with a keyboard shortcut.

How to activate Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut on your Mac
How to activate Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut on your Mac

By default OS X doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut to activate the Dark Mode, so we have to configure a keyboard shortcut ourselves. To do this we’ll execute a command in the terminal that will be in charge of configuring it.

  1. Save everything you have to save, because after that you will have to restart the computer.
  2. Open Terminal
  3. Write the following code: LibraryPreferences.GlobalPreferences.plist _HIEnableThemeSwitchHotKey -bool true
  4. The computer will ask you for your user’s password to make the changes
  5. Terminal Closure
  6. Restart the Mac

Once the computer has restarted by pressing Cmd+Alt+Ctrl+T the Dark Mode will be activated or deactivated. If for some reason you want to disable this shortcut and leave the computer as it was, simply follow the same steps as before but this time run the following code: LibraryPreferences.GlobalPreferences.plist _HIEnableThemeSwitchHotKey -bool false

Anyway, this is a convenient and quick way to switch between the two OS X interfaces . Personally I always like to work in Dark Mode, although there are people who only run it at night with less ambient light. For these people the shortcut is ideal, because they don’t have to be opening the preferences all the time.

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