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Bay Mac's Help Desk with Steve Paris

Q: Do you ever find your screen too bright? Especially when working at night? So much white everywhere. I can lower the brightness, but then it’s hard to see what I’m typing. Any other suggestions?

A: Actually, I do have a solution of sorts, but it depends on you using a fairly modern version of the operating system. All current versions are available for free, so the only barrier is your computer’s compatible with it (if your Mac is less than six or seven years old, you should be good to go).
MacOS Mojave (version 10.14) released in late 2018, introduced ‘Dark Mode’. You could find this feature by going to the System Preferences and clicking on the ‘General’ icon. This turns the menu bar and toolbars black and some prefer this, especially when working at night. Mail is practically black throughout, even the emails are black with white lettering. The same goes for Notes. Pages by contrast lets you keep working on a white sheet of paper (probably because it can be used as a page layout tool and changing the page’s colour would clash with your design.

The latest version of MacOS – Catalina (10.15), brought an addition to this feature: Auto. With this enabled, the screen will automatically switch from a Light interface (how MacOS has always been until now) to a Dark one, depending on the time of day.
I actually use this particular option on my phone and its way less glaring when I interact with it at night. The same may well apply to your night owl computer work.

Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.



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