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Visualizer: Have Some Fun and Start a Music Light Show on Your Mac!

Longing for the days of disco clubs? (I’m not, but you may differ). Just want to have some fun with the Music app in macOS? Try the Visualizer tool, which provides a light show that plays along with your tunes.

Here’s How to Start a Light Show in the Music App

Launch the Music app on your Mac. Tune into your favorite radio station, playlist, or song. 

Click Window > Visualizer from the menu bar.

Using the Visualizer in macOS Music
Using the Visualizer in macOS Music

Voila! The light show will begin. 

Two Different Visual Modes

You can also choose between Visualizer (the most up-to-date version and the coolest looking) and Classic Visualizer (more of an “old school” light show).

To select which light show option you wish to use, click Window > Visualizer Settings from the menu bar. Choose Visualizer or Classic Visualizer.

Choosing Classic Visualizer in the Mac Music App
You can Use Visualizer or Classic Visualizer

To show or hide a list of commands you can use to control the Visualizer, press the Question Mark key (?) on your keyboard while the visualizer is on.

If you want the Visualizer to fill your display, choose View > Enter Full Screen, or press Control-Command-F. When you’ve had enough of your show, press Command-T to stop it.

To turn off visual effects, choose Window > Visualizer (to remove the checkmark), or press the Esc key.


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Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis 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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