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With the just-released MacOS Mojave, Mac users can finally switch to dark mode, which lets you apply a new color scheme to the OS and apps that puts the focus on the content you are working on, with everything else receding into the background.

Apple is a bit last to the dark-mode party. From Reddit and Twitter to Google Messages and Firefox, it seems like every app and service lets you switch to dark mode. With Mojave, you can now finally turn off the lights and switch to a dark mode to bring your content to the front while moving everything else into the background. The dark theme is available in all the built-in Mojave apps -- including Photos and iTunes -- and you can apply it to the desktop, where a nighttime desert scene appears.

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And it's not just Apple's homegrown apps: Third-party apps can use the mode as well if their developers take advantage of the theme.

But Apple makes you fish around for Mojave's dark-mode settings, and you don't have as much control as you'd perhaps like.

That's where NightOwl comes in. This app from Mac developer Benjamin Kramser lets you quickly toggle between Mojave's dark and light modes by accessing the app's menu-bar item: Click the menu item and select either Light or Dark.

But the app also lets you set whether you want your system to switch to dark mode with the sunset or back to light mode with the sunrise or schedule the switch yourself. The app also has keyboard shortcuts if tapping in the menu bar is too much effort.

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Takeaways

  • MacOS Mojave offers a dark-mode setting but doesn't give users a lot of control over it.
  • The new NightOwl app gives users more control over dark mode, letting them quickly toggle it on and off and set a schedule for when it takes over your color scheme.

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Clifford is a Senior Editor for CNET's Download.com. He spent a handful of years at Peachpit Press, editing books on everything from the first iPhone to Python. He also worked at a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWEEK and MacUser. Unrelated, he sits next to fellow editor Josh Rotter and roots for the A's.