Invert Colors option enabled on Mac
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If you’re looking at an app or a webpage on your MacBook with a bright background, you might want to invert the colors to make it easier on your eyes. You can do that using a macOS accessibility feature and the new dark mode.

The “Invert Colors” feature can also be helpful for vision-impaired users. The feature flips the screen colors so you have an equally dark background for a previously light color. This works best for black-and-white interface (backgrounds and text), but it can also work for colorful elements.

To enable the feature, click on the Apple button from the menu bar and then click on the “System Preferences” option.

Click on System Preferences button from Apple menu in menu bar

Here, click on the “Accessibility” button.

Click on Accessibility button from System Preferences

Now, select the “Display” option from the sidebar.

Click on Display option from sidebar

Click on the “Invert Colors” option.

Click on Invert Colors option

Instantly, you’ll see that the colors in the interface will flip. The shades of white will turn into the opposite shades of black.

Invert Colors feature shown in action in System Preferences on macOS
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If you want to invert the colors for the entire interface—including images—click on the checkmark next to the “Classic Invert” option.


For a more subtle option, try using the dark more that’s available in macOS Mojave and higher. It brings a specially-designed dark interface to the Mac.

To try it out, open the “System Preferences” app and go to the “General” section.

Click on the General button in System Preferences

Here, in the “Appearance” menu, switch to the “Dark” option.

Click on the Dark option

The entire macOS interface will now shift to dark mode, along with supported apps.

macOS interface in dark mode

The official dark mode looks better than using the Invert Colors feature, but it has one big downside. While the Invert Colors feature will work everywhere, the dark mode feature only works for supported apps (and it doesn’t work on websites by default).

You can do a lot more with the dark mode in macOS. Take a look at our guide to learn more.

RELATED: How to Enable Dark Mode in macOS Mojave

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Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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