Switch to Black Menus in Full-Screen Mode – Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition

Tip 16Switch to Black Menus in Full-Screen Mode

Here’s a small secret tweak that will make the menu bar at the top of the screen turn black whenever you enter full-screen mode with any application. It brings no new functionality other than altering the appearance of the menu.

Open a Terminal window (open Finder, select the Applications list, and then in the list of applications double-click Terminal within the Utilities folder), and type the following:

 
defaults write -g NSFullScreenDarkMenu -bool TRUE

Then log out and back in again. Switch any compatible app to full-screen mode (click the arrow at the top right of the window or click ViewEnter Full Screen), and then push the mouse against the top of the screen to see the now-blackened menu bar appear.

To switch back to the standard gray tint menu, again open a Terminal window, and type the following:

 
defaults delete -g NSFullScreenDarkMenu

Log out and back in again for the changes to take effect.