How to adjust the accent color on MacOS

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macOS Mojave doesn’t only offer an awesome darkened theme and UI styling, but it also allows you to choose a range of custom accent colors for user interface elements such as app menus, dialog boxes, menu bar, buttons and more. By default, the original Mac OS X version uses blue window chrome.

The option was only added later after creative professionals and developers were complaining that they were distracted by the bright blue when working in the dark.

So, what is accent color?

The accent color will affect the following elements:

  • App menus on the top
  • Popup menus
  • Radio buttons
  • Menu bar in the right corner
  • Focus fields
  • Text and file selections
  • Other parts of the system

Selecting your desired accent color will automatically change the highlight color, which is limited to the files that you choose in the Finder, text selections in apps. In macOS Mojave version, you can easily select your desired highlight color which is completely different from the accent color.

The accent color is even used to distinguish among user account types in macOS. For example, a savvy user sets the accent color green for their admin account and yellow when they log in with non-admin privileges.

How to adjust the accent color on your Mac

If you want to customize the macOS accent color on your Mac, simply do the following steps:

1) Open System Preferences on your macOS Mojave or newer version

2) Click on General tab.

3) Choose your desired color near “Accent color” option at the top.

The available built-in choices include:

  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Pink

4) Quit System Preferences. The default accent color is blue.

Customizing the accent color will automatically select the right highlight color. As we said earlier, the accent and highlight colors are not the same.

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Choose your highlight color

macOS Mojave uses the highlight color to render the text that you select in apps, files in the Finder. To select your highlight color, just follow the below steps

1) Click System Preferences on your macOS Mojave or newer.

2) Click on General tab.

3) Select your desired color near “Accent color” at the top.

The available built-in choices are at your disposal:

  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Brown
  • Other

The highlight color will automatically change to match your accent color as well. However, as mentioned, you can freely customize your highlight and accent color of each other. All you need is simply choosing a different highlight color after getting your accent color.

There are two additional options for the highlight color that you can choose, including brown and Other. The latter one allows you to choose a custom color as the highlight color.  We hope the accent color also includes the Other option in the next updates. That’s how to adjust the accent color on MacOS. Let’s know your thoughts in the comment.

 

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