Mac User Changing the Accent and Highlight Color in macOS Big Sur
Khamosh Pathak

Unlike Windows, there’s not a lot of customization you can do to make your Mac’s software look different from everyone else’s. But you can add some personality by changing the accent and highlight colors on your Mac. Here’s how!

Mac owners running macOS Mojave or higher can choose from eight different accent and highlight colors to customize the look of their operating system. You can also set the accent and highlight colors independently.

For example, instead of the default blue color, you can use purple as the accent color. It will appear in buttons and when you hover over menus.

Purple Accent Color in macOS

You can also use green as the highlight color. It will appear whenever you highlight text.

Green Highlight Color in macOS

You can customize the accent and highlight colors in System Preferences.

To do so, click the Apple in the menu bar, and then click “System Preferences.”

Select System Preferences from Apple Menu in Big Sur

Select “General.”

Click General from System Preferences

Here, you can select a color (multicolor, blue, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, or graphite) in the “Accent Color” section.

Choose Accent Color in macOS

After you choose an accent color, macOS automatically makes it the default highlight color, as well. If you’d rather use a different highlight color, just click the drop-down arrow next to “Highlight Color.”

Click Drop-down Next to Highlight Color

Select the color you want to use.

Choose Different Highlight Color

From now on, you’ll see your new accent and highlight colors on your Mac.


Now that you’ve customized the look of your Mac, do the same with your keyboard shortcuts!

RELATED: How to Customize Your OS X Keyboard and Add Shortcuts

Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
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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