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How to Quickly Switch Between Dark And Light Mode on Mac

Beyond the visual pleasure, there is a lot to like in the dark mode. For one, it not only safeguards your eyes against straining but also conserves plenty of power so that your device can last longer. While macOS has got the beloved dark theme for quite some time (since the days of macOS Mojave), it lacks an option to let users switch between dark and light mode quickly on Mac, unlike the iOS counterpart. Nevertheless, there is a hack that you can use to quickly switch between the modes. If you are willing to give it a try, here is a quick rundown to add a light/dark mode switch on your macOS device.

How to Add a Light/Dark Mode Switch on Mac

So, How Does This Trick Work?

Just in case you are wondering how this hack works, let me clear the doubts upfront. First things first, it requires Apple’s Automator app – a great tool for multiplying productivity on Mac. So, you don’t need to install any third-party software or shell out bucks to toggle the dark and light mode on macOS. Is there any hidden catch? Not at all. The only thing that you have to do is set it up perfectly by following a few steps. Once the setup is over, it works as expected – so long as you know how to double click on an icon!

1. Launch Automator app on your Mac. You can use Spotlight to quickly find it.

Open Automator app

2. Now, select the Application option as a type to create a new document. Then, click on Choose.

select the Application option as a type to create a new document. Then, click on Choose. 

3. Next, choose the Library Actions section located in the sidebar.

Select Actions in Library section

4. Next up, search for “Change System Appearance”. When it shows up, drag it into the Automator workflow on the right.

search for "Change System Appearance". When it shows up, drag it into the Automator workflow. 

5. As you can see the “Change System Appearance” option is named “Toggle Light/Dark”. It’s time to save the Automator application as “Toggle Light/Dark.app” at your desired place like application folder, documents folder or even desktop.

Toggle Light:Dark

For a bit more convenience, I’m going to put the toggle on the desktop. When you are done, exit the app.

Place Toggle Light:Dark on Desktop

Switch Between Light and Dark Mode from Spotlight on Mac

Now that you have done the hard work, it’s time to reap the benefit. I mean, you can now change dark mode and light mode quickly. To do it, all you need to do is just double click on the Automator icon.

Note:

  • The first time, you click on the Automator icon, a popup may appear asking for your permission. Click on OK.
  • Just in case, you had saved the Toggle Light/Dark switch in documents folder or other places, you can use Spotlight to quickly find it and then hit enter to switch between the two given modes.

Toggle Between Light and Dark Mode with a Double Click on macOS

That’s the cool way to hop between the dark and light themes on macOS. As I said above, it works pretty well so getting through the hack shouldn’t be a big deal. Moreover, it feels like a native feature thanks to the neat implementation, isn’t it? If you have found it super handy, feel free to share your thoughts with us.

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How to Show Most Recent Message on Top in Mail Threads on iOS and macOS

While being engaged in a long conversation thread, did you ever wish to make the most recent message a bit more accessible? I mean, to be able to access the latest message without having to dig through an entire email thread will be good, won’t it? Both Apple Mail for iOS and macOS let you show the most recent message on top of an email thread on your iPhone, iPad or Mac so that it’s a little easier for you to check the latest response. Unfortunately, this handy feature is turned off by default and also slightly out of sight – probably the major reason why it has remained less known. Anyway, let’s give it shot!

Show Most Recent Message on Top in Apple Mail App on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Not yet running iOS 13 or macOS Catalina? No problem as this feature has existed in the Apple Mail app for long. So, even if your device is running the older operating system, you can use this nifty feature to change the order of messages in the preview area of the email app.

On iOS and iPadOS

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Now, scroll down and tap on Mail.

Now, scroll down and tap on Mail.

3. Under the Threading section, turn on the switch for “Most Recent Message on Top.”

turn on the switch for "Most Recent Message on Top."

That’s it! Going forward, you should see the most recent message right on top in an email thread in the Apple Mail app.

On Mac

1. Open the Mail app on your Mac.

Open Mail app on macOS

2. Now, click on the Mail menu at the top left corner.

Open the Mail app on your Mac.

3. Next, choose Preferences in the menu.

In Mail menu bar, choose Preferences

4. Next up, select the Viewing tab.

Next up, select the Viewing tab. 

5. Finally, check the box for “Show most recent message on the top.”

Show Message on Top in email thread

Now, quit the System Preferences. Then, head over to an email thread. The latest message would be waiting for your attention right at the top of the order in the preview area.

Change the Order of Messages in Apple Mail Threads

So, that’s the straightforward way to tweak the order of the messages of email threads. Now that you know this little but effective hack, make the most of it to easily access the latest message without having to dive deep into a specific conversation thread. By the way, let me know your feedback about Apple Mail and where does it stand against the plethora of the best third-party email apps. As we are talking about simplifying messaging, I would like to switch your attention towards an equally efficient feature called a two-finger tap gesture that makes the process of managing Messages in iOS 13 incredibly easy-going.

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How to Hide Apple Music in macOS Catalina on Mac

As iTunes is shut down with the introduction of macOS Catalina, Apple Music has become part of the newly launched Music app. From what I have experienced, the music-streaming service looks more intuitive for users than ever before. The clean interface feels inviting and is much easier to navigate. Well, that is the perspective of an Apple Music subscriber. What about the ones who haven’t subscribed to the service? Would they still have to bear with the unnecessary Apple Music sections like For You, Browse, and Radio? Turns out, there is a way to hide Apple Music in the stock music app on macOS Catalina. Here is how this hidden trick works!

Hide Apple Music from the Stock Music App on Mac

What Happens When You Remove Apple Music on macOS Catalina?

I know now you must be wondering what happens when you put Apple Music out of sight and whether or not it will impact your user experience. When you remove the music-service from the app, its sections like For You, Browse, and Radio get hidden. However, your library navigation and playlists remain in the sidebar. Moreover, you can continue to access all of your Apple Music tracks, albums, created/subscribed playlists without any issues. Long story short, it won’t impact your user-experience at all.

  1. Launch Music app on your Mac.

Launch Apple Music app

2. Now, click on the Music menu in the top left corner of the screen and choose Preferences.

Now, click on Music and choose Preferences

3. Next, click on the Restrictions tab.

Select Restrictions tab

4. In the Disable section, check the box for Apple Music.

Disable Apple Music on Mac

5. Finally, click OK to finish.

Click on OK

That’s it! The For You, Radio, and Browse tabs will no longer show up in the sidebar. Of course, if you ever want them back, head into the Music Preferences following the same steps and then uncheck the box for Apple Music in the Disable section. In the end, be sure to click on OK to finish.

Show the iTunes Store in the Music App in macOS Catalina

By default, the Music app keeps iTunes Store hidden. However, you can choose to show it as per your needs.

1. Launch the Music app on your macOS device.

Launch Apple Music app

2. Now, click on the Music menu and choose Preferences in the menu.

Next, click on the Music menu and select Preferences option in the menu

3. In the General section, check the box for the iTunes Store.

Check the box for iTunes Store in the Music app on Mac

4. In the end, make sure to click on OK to finish.

Finally, click on OK in the end

That’s pretty much it! From now onwards, the iTunes Store will begin to show up in the sidebar of the Music app.

Display iTunes Store in Music app on Mac

Keep Apple Music Out of Sight on Mac…

Apple Music may have triumphed over Spotify to become one of the most loved music-streaming apps in the US. However, it’s not yet perfect and also far behind the latter globally. Therefore, it may not appeal to everyone’s taste. Thankfully, Apple has offered a way to keep it out of sight. By the way, which is your favorite music app and why? Do let us know your top pick in the comments down below.

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