How to Adjust the System Accent & Highlight Colors in macOS

macOS Mojave introduced six new accent and highlight colors (as far as I can tell from the beta version, no new colors will be introduced with macOS Catalina, coming this fall). 

These colors affect various different parts of the operating system, such as menu button clicks and more.

To give ‘em a try:

Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.

Click General.

Below the Light and Dark buttons, you’ll see the Accent color option.

General Preferences pane in macOS Mojave

You can choose from blue, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, or graphite. 

Don’t like any of those choices? Click on “Other” in the Highlight Color dropdown and a color picker will pop up allowing you to customize your accent color.

Changing your accent color will automatically change your highlight color to match. Highlight color is the color of highlighted text. However, you can choose to have different highlight colors and accent colors. To change the former, just select a color from the Highlight color drop-down menu.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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