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Exploring the macOS Color Picker

Just about every app on a Mac that has a color option uses a tool called the Color Picker. On my personal Mac, Color Picker is used in the following and in several other third-party apps:

  • Mail
  • Preview
  • Notes
  • iMovie
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Stickies
  • TextEdit

In today’s quick tutorial, I’ll show how Color Picker is used, how to save color swatches, and more.

Where can I find Color Picker?

Color Picker is used within other apps. It’s not a standalone application in macOS, so you won’t find it in the Applications or Utilities folders.

Instead, it is found in most apps where a color needs to be selected. As an example, let’s look at Pages. Selecting a text color under the Format tab, there’s a small button next to the swatch showing the existing text color. It’s outlined in red in the image below.

color picker pages
The Color Picker in Pages

Click that button, and the Color Picker appears. A similar button works the same magic in Numbers and Keynote.

In Mail, clicking the text color reveals a variety of colors arranged in a grid. If none of those colors suit your fancy, click Show Colors to reveal the Color Picker.

Color Picker Mail Show Colors
Click “Show Colors” to reveal the Color Picker.

It’s that easy! Now you’re ready to have fun with colors on your Mac. Have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments.

Steve Sande
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Steve has been writing about Apple products since 1986, starting on a bulletin board system, creating the first of his many Apple-related websites in 1994, joining the staff of The Unofficial Apple Weblog in 2008, and founding Apple World Today in 2015. He’s semi-retired, loves to camp and take photos, and is an FAA-licensed drone pilot.
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  • How can I find out what color is already being used for a particular word or text block? When I go to match that color, it’s pretty much a guessing game—and one I seldom win.