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Some tricks for the new Dark mode of OS X Yosemite

The new Dark mode introduced with OS X Yosemite already has numerous fans. Although it is true that I would like that it won’t be limited to some menus and that Finder’s windows will also be shown with that dark interface. But pending to see if Apple makes any changes, at this moment we can take advantage of it in different ways.

First, it is activated as it is from the System Preferences. The second is by leaving everything in the traditional mode but using the Dock in dark mode, and finally by programming the times when we will use it.

Change only the dock interface

Some tricks for the new Dark mode of OS X Yosemite
Some tricks for the new Dark mode of OS X Yosemite

To change only the Dock interface to the style used in Dark mode we’ll have to execute the following terminal commands, one at a time:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleInterfaceStyle Dark

killall dock

defaults remove NSGlobalDomain AppleInterfaceStyle

Activate Dark mode by key combination

If you want to activate or deactivate the Dark mode using a keyboard combination you will only have to follow these steps. Again from the terminal, execute the following command:

sudo defaults write LibraryPreferences.GlobalPreferences.plist _HIEnableThemeSwitchHotKey -bool true

From then on, with the key combination Command + Control + Alt + T we can switch between one mode or another.

Lightout, automating interface change

The result we get is the one you can see in the image above, all the normal interface except the dock.

For the option of programming what time we want the Dark mode interface to be used, we only need to download the application Lights Out , with it we can establish when the normal interface is activated and when the dark one is. This free application can be downloaded from the developer’s page.

Two simple tricks to modify the interface or make use of OS X Yosemite’s Dark mode that I hope will be useful for you. At least to slightly customize the interface.

Finally, if anyone notices that the transitions or effects of the interface are a bit jumpy, go to the Accessibility options and check the box Reduce transparencies. You will gain fluidity. in exchange for losing a more visual and effective touch of the system.

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