Big Sur "Light" Appearance - Change Menu Bar Color Without 3rd Party Apps


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Jul 4, 2020
GigaByte Z490 Gaming X
i7 10700
Sapphire RX580
This maybe obvious to a lot of you, but for those who are new.

If your like me and prefer macOS Light theme, the new gray menu bar can be too flat and hard on the eyes. Especially as a designer who uses a neutral gay background for work. The apple menu bar dose not stand out enough.

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While there are 3rd party apps that let you change this, the easiest way (and free) is just to create your own background image with a blank color menu bar and set it as your desktop in system preferences.

Use your favorite graphic app (I used Photoshop) and make the image the size of your monitors resolution. I am on a 23" Samsung @ 2048x1152.

At the top create a 22 pixel high rectangle all the way across for the menu bar and color it as you like. I use white to make the black menu text stand out more.

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And just as an example this next one uses 2 colored rectangles for the menu bar (30% in length blue from the left and 70% green on the right). However when set as a desktop the OS creates a gradient out of it... So we get this result.

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Simple. Hopefully useful ;)
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